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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: "Rebecca Joe"<>
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2016 09:29:17 -0700
Subject: From: Rebecca Joe

Hi Sir/Madam, I got your contact details through google council search. I a=
m still in shocked for the incident that occurs yesterday in our office. An=
d i never believe that this is real in Africa till I witness it by myself n=
ow My names is Rebecca Joe a citizen of England 35yrs old lives and work in=
South Africa as European Union Ambassadors to Economic Community Of West A=
frica Security Dept which known as ECODEPT- Ecowas was appointed from the c=
09439110/uk-cooperative-union-of-ecowas-workers-limited to represent the Eu=
ropean union in ECOWAS house satelite workshop. There has been a problem in=
our department regards of a huge amount of money being diverted by unknown=
staffs in our dept, and this has resulted a lot of investigation by the In=
terpol for the last past 23 months getting to 24 month now, still no source=
of positive towards the investigations. Yesterday weather was so bad, and =
there was a lot of traffic and I have to get to office late, by the time I =
get to work, the front door led to my office was not open because the splas=
hes of rain were manipulating inside and i have to pass through the back do=
or which is not acceptable due to the machine installed, is only made for t=
he mechanic/repairer.Therefore, On my way I overheard smooth conversation t=
alking about sharing ratio and %s of the missing fund i lean back and cross=
ed my ear on the door pretends as if am dealing with my wet shoe. I clearly=
heard our appointed finance manager and his assistant secretary together w=
ith 3 others staff that control finance discussing on how to share the sum =
of $25.9 Million Dollars they diverted out from the Trillions local Libyan =
currency which was part of the funds that was brought from LIBYAN during th=
e war to our security office
--libyas-trillions-1791851. I was shocked as I was about to walk away my ph=
one started ringing at that spot and they caught me, believe that I have ov=
erheard all they were discussing. They now offer to give me $2.5 million do=
llars!, but I=92m so scared, I don=92t know what to do now.Please my friend=
, I don=92t know you, but I just seeking for your best interest and advice,=
if you are the one what would you do? Should I go ahead and collect the mo=
ney? Should I involve the police? Or should I report them to the management=
? or would you help me to receive the money on your account while i fly to =
meet you? Regard Rebecca Joe

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