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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: "JOHN MARK" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2016 16:44:49 +0200

Dear Sir/Madam

I am Mr John Mark,am a staff of exxonmobil oil,here in the united kingdom
we are soliciting for your assistance to assist us receive the below stipulated
amount in your account oversea,the said amount emanated from over invoice contract,
though the contracted had since been paid leaving the over invoice sum in one of the

security company.

Having gone through your company's profile, it is assumed that your immense experience
will be useful,hence this timely request to assist us in the transfer of ( ?5.2 million

Pounds Sterling) and subsequent investment in properties in your country.

You will be required to send the below information via same mail box
(1) Your bank account number
(2) The name of your bank
(3) Tel/Fax/Telex.
(4) A valid identification of yours,either two pages of your international pass port or

copy of your driver's license

If you decide to render your service to us in this regard,we shall appreciate negotiating

terms as to accrued benefits of the total sum of ( ?5.2 million Pounds Sterling) will be

for you. Send information such as personal telephone/fax number

For Further Details,You Can Reach Me On +44 -7045728892
Yours faithfully,
John Mark

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