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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: "Michael Keane"<>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 22:19:46 +0100
Subject: RE


Attn; Sir/Ma

With due respect to you, I am writing following an impressive information we got about you through a consultancy firm under USA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY. Thus we were assured of your capability and reliability to champion a business of great magnitude.

I am Mr. Michael Keane, the managing director of the above-mentioned company. Base on the assurance given on your behalf, my company has appointed you as our debt collector from our overseas creditors. The creditors sometimes send us CHEQUES for our payment, but foreign checks take LONGER time to clear and sometimes some of them got lost on transit, which impact a great lost to this Company.

It is on this effect that we the management outstayed a dept collector overseas. You haven been selected on this contract, the management has agreed that any debt YOU collected on our behalf, 10% is allowed for you as your share while the remaining will be remitted to us through wire transfer on our cooperate account.

To commence on this transaction, you are to send the following in your reply

1. Name you want to be written on the check.
2. Direct telephone number
3. Mailing address
4. Your company names if any.
5. Occupation.
6. Age.

NOTE: Your duty is ONLY to collect CHECKS on our behalf from our creditors overseas and have 10% of the total funds paid to you. If you are interested in our offer, please reply to our email.

Awaiting your positive reply.
Yours sincerely,

Mr. Michael Keane. (C.E.O)

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