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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: "DR. william robert" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2016 14:03:08 +0300
Subject: Enjoy your past Efforts

Hello Good Friend

Hope you never forget me after all the process we went through in the past. I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting the transaction done with my new financier Japan. I' m presently now in Japan with my family and the new partner who help me out with his bank account, but I did not forget your effort and commitment, so I have issued a Certified check worth of $1, 800, 000, 00 US Dollars, and kept in care of my office secretary in Benin Republic because Im currently in Japan with my family trying to establish some business here and possibly buy some properties. So contact my secretary on his below data

His name is Danel Smart
Cell phone: +229-61770002

Also send him your following information for confirmation and release the Certified check to you

1) Your Full Name/Address:____________
2) Country/City/Postal Code:__________________
3) Your Telephone/Mobile Number:___________________
4) Your Marital Status/ Age/ Sex:__________________________
5) Your Occupation/Position In The Company:______________
6) A Copy Your Passport/ Drivers Licenses:____________

I instructed him to release the Certified check as soon as you contact him and also keep me posted to know when you receive it from him. Am happy and thank GOD for his great miracle to my life and I want you to celebrate with me.

Thanks and God bless

Truly Yours,

DR. Robert William

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