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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Idris" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:47:50 +0200
Subject: Please accept my apologies if this request does not meet your

Please accept my apologies if this request does not meet your
personal ethics as it is not intended to cause you any embarrassment
in whatever form. I got your contact email address from international
domain directory and decided to contact you for this transaction that
is based on trust.
I need your urgent assistance in transferring the sum of ($38M)
million to your account. The transfer is risk free on both sides
hence you are going to follow my instruction till the fund is
transferred to your account.
If you are interested in this deal, kindly send me your complete
information, your full names and address, Your Private telephone and
Fax numbers, Your Private email address, Your Age, Your Country,
Marital Status, Your Occupation and Your Personal Mobile Number.
Having gone through a methodical search, I decided to contact you
hoping that you will find this proposal interesting. Please on your
confirmation of this message and indicating your interest, I will
furnish you with more information also note that you will have 30% of
the above mentioned while 70% will be for me.
Endeavour to let me know your decision.
Best regards
Idris Ngari
NB: I am as well looking for Agent Worldwide. I have alluvial gold
for sale. I am ready to offer you commissions if you will link me to
genuine buyers.
My price and terms will be forwarded to you once I receive your reply
through my below email:

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