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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: office office <>
Reply-To: office office <>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:49:27 +0000 (UTC)

P.O. BOX 93 • WATERLOO, IA • 50704
 PHONE: 888/35-IASIR • Tel +1 (407-)680 170
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SECURITY  AND INVESTIGATIVE                                                                                                                            REGULATORS
 Tel    +1 (407-)680 1703
Phone Number: (505) 591-8372


We hereby inform you that We The  International Association Of Security   Police, Interpol, Federal  Bureau of Investigation, (FBI) United States of America, the Economic and  Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of Nigeria and all the African Crime and  Asia  fighter leaders have come together to stop Scam/Internet Fraud in Nigeria  and all round Africa. We  have recovered over US$2.6 Billion Dollars from  the people we have behind bars.Our duty is to make sure we stop internet scam and money laundering. As  for today we  have put a lot of fraudsters in jail. We go all over Africa  to pick this internet rats,

We have over 8,273 of them in our  Jail around Africa and we are still looking for more. We are aware that a  lot of foreigners out there have been deceived and lost their hard earn  money to these fraudsters after promising them percentages in their  letters/e-mails for their impending help to move funds out Africa  including fake lottery winning notification and at the end of the day,  they will collect thousands of dollars from you without a successful end. It was agreed that to retain the good image of our country and the rest of  African countries, all the victims who lost his/her hardearn money to  these faceless thieves will be compensated with just US$500,000,00 (5 hundred thousand Dollars). This we assume will help you to start a new life.  Please, we apologies that you take our offer as little as it is due to the fact that (victims) in our pay list are too numerous. We en-back on this  pay back from the money  we recovered from these fraudsters.let us know if you are still interested to get  your Master Card to you today as he have been waiting to hear  from you to help him complete this delivery to you. Right now the  United Parcel Service  has the  package  in there  Custody  waiting to carry on the  Supply
Contact The Information Bellow For Your Master Card clearance and Supply.

United Parcel Service Ltd
Unit Office:
Office  Email :
Address Email:

Dr  Bob Rapp,
Thanks for your expected Co-operation.

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