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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: "Mr. John Chinedu" <>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2015 23:09:23 -0800

Attention: My Dear,

I have received the cheque from bank three days a go and kept the
cheque with Dr Michel Samuel as we discussed. Please mail him
immediately to send the cheque to you. I am in Colombia now. I kept
USD 800.000.00 cashier cheque and will send you the rest of money
after my business trip here. I send you so many mails but all bounced
back. So mail Dr Michel Samuel with below email for him to send the
cheque to you Email; Thanks and do let me
know when you receive it.

Below is their contact
Contact Person: Michel Samuel
Call me + 234 8081673279

1. Full Name:
2. Full Address:
3. Occupation:
4. Age:
5. Sex:
6. Telephone Number:
7. Country

Hoping to hear from you.
Thanks and God bless you and your family.
Mr. John Chinedu

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