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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: "Associacao dos Defensores Publicos" <>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:14:21 -0300
Subject: Compensation Notice

Dear Friend,

How are you today? I hope this mail meets you in a perfect condition. I am
using this opportunity to thank you for your great effort to our
unfinished transaction Last Year, For attempting to help me transfer the
sum of twenty seven Million United State Dollars US$27,000,000,00 to your
foreign account,

am sorry for presenting and using someone else in your name to get this
transaction successful. Due to logistic reasons and your inconsistency to
the other best known to you. Right now, I want to inform you that I have
successfully cleared the bank draft check funds to someone else account
who was capable of assisting me in this great venture that have been over
and successful.

Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trustworthiness you showed at
the course of the transaction I want to compensate you and show my
gratitude to you with the sum of US$4,500,000,00 ( FOUR Million Five
Hundred Thousand United State Of America Dollars). I have authorized Mr.
Solomon Ezechuks where I deposited the money with to issue you
international certified ATM DEBIT CARD, cash-able at your bank or any
where as choice felt. My dear friend I will like you to contact Mr.
Solomon Ezechuks for the collection of this international certified ATM
DEBIT CARD. His name and contact address is as follows:

Name: Solomon Ezechuks
Tel: +229-9848-3349
Please contact him with your Full Delivery Information such As::
YOUR SEX::::::
Contact Mr. Solomon Ezechuks At the moment, am very busy here in the
United kingdom because of the investment projects which myself and my new
partner are having at hand In London Finally remember that I have
forwarded instructions to Mr. Solomon Ezechuks on your behalf to send the
ATM DEBIT CARD CONTAINED SUM of US$4,500,000,00 (FOUR Million Five Hundred
Thousand United State Of America Dollars) to you as soon as you contact
him without delay. Please I will like you to accept this token with good
faith as this is from the bottom of my heart.

Thanks God bless you and your family. Hope to hear from you soon as you've
getting my compensation and please do not get angry because that is what I
have for now till I finish my project.

Best Regards.
Honorable. Anthony Williams

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