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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: "Richard Snowe" <>
Date: Sat, 7 Nov 2015 19:38:29 +0500 (PKT)
Subject: Contact

How are you today? It’s been long I heard from you. Well, I just want to
use this medium to thank you very much for your earlier assistance to help
me in receiving the funds totaling (USD$22 MILLION), without any positive
outcome. I am obliged to inform you that I have succeeded in receiving the
funds with the help of a new partner from Asia. Everything was perfectly
done because we strike a deal with one of the accountant who works with
the Federal Ministry of Finance (FMF)and she rendered a tremendous help to
us. My new partner initiated this idea and everything worked out

In appreciation of your earlier assistance to me in receiving the Funds. I
have decided to compensate you with the sum of $1,000,000.00 (One Million
US Dollars) this is from my own share. I did this simply to show you that
it is good to do good things to the right people always. Presently,I am in
Jakarta for investment project with my own share under the advice of my
partner, your fund is into draft so contact my secretary with below stated
information to send the draft to you. I will be sending you e-mail from
time to time to know if you have received your share or not.

Mr.Mark Ugo

Please do let me know immediately if you receive your draft so that we can
share the joy together after all the sufferings at that time. at the
moment, I am very busy here in Jakarta because of the investment projects
i have at hand ,So feel free to get in touch with Mr. Mark Ugo and send
him your information below to enable him send the draft to you without any

Needed information’s are:

Your Full Name:....................
Your Home Address:.................
Your home phone:...................
Your Cell phone:...................
Your age:..........................
Your occupation:...................
A copy of your international passport or any valid ID

With My Best Regards,
Richard Snowe

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