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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:

Date: Fri, 5 Jun 2015 16:45:39 -0300
Subject: from governor

ATTN ;Dear Friend
I am happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds
transferred under cooperation of a new partner from India. Presently I'm
in India meanwhile,I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to
assist me in transferring those funds. Now contact my P.A in Benin Rep
Africa and Ask him to send you the total cash check of $1.2 million
dollars for your compensation , his name is REV FATHER JOHN WATSON
TELEPHONE: +22998797889

mr charles soludo

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