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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: "DIANE JONES" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:50:12 -0400
Subject: Attenzione SPAM !!! YOUR FUND

Dear Friend

I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting the fund
transferred to a Swiss Account with the cooperation of a new partner
from Paraguay who is an international business man.

Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trust worthiness you showed,
I want to compensate you and show my gratitude to you with the sum of
$2,000,000USD (Two million united state dollars) I have
authorized the Finance House where I deposited the money to issue you
international certified bank draft cashable at your bank.

Presently I'm in Paraguay for investment projects with my own share of
the total sum. Meanwhile, I did not forget your past efforts and
attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite the fact that
it failed us some how.
My dear friend, I will like you to contact the CEO in charge of the
finance house for the collection of this international certified bank
The name of the person with your Cheque is MR. JOSEPH AYALA

Ask him to send to you the total $2,000,000USD (Two million united
state dollars) which I kept for your compensation for all the past
and attempts to assist me in this matter.
I appreciated your efforts at that time very much, so feel free and get
in touch with the CEO of the finance house MR.JOSEPH AYALA and
instructed on to send the amount to you.
Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share
the joy after all the suffering at that time.

At the moment, I am very busy here because of the investment projects
which I and the new partner are having at hand. Remember that I had
forwarded instruction to to the CEO of the finance house on your
behalf to receive that money, so get in touch with him and he will send
the amount to you without delay.

Finally, my sincere advice to you as a christian is that you should
endeavour to pay your tithe to a bible believing church when you get
the money.

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