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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:

Date: 24 Aug 2016 11:33:05 +0000
Subject: Urgent Reply Please.

Dear Friend,
I'm sorry but happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from Vietnam, though I tried my

best to involve you in the business but God decided the whole situations. Presently I’m in Vietnam for investment projects with my own share of the total

sum. Meanwhile, I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how.
Now contact my secretary in Nigeria his name is Mr. Alozie Chika Moses on his e-mail address below

Mr. Alozie Chika Moses
Phone Number +234-80-600-956-94

Ask him to send you the total of $1. Million Dollars which I kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter. I

appreciated your efforts at that time very much. So feel free and get in touched with my secretary Mr. Alozie Chika Moses and instruct him where to send the

amount to you. Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share joy after all the suffer ness at that time.
In the moment, I’m very busy here because of the investment projects which I and the new partner are having at hand, finally, remember that I had forwarded

instruction to the secretary on your behalf to receive that money, so feel free to get in touch with Mr. Alozie Chika Moses he will send the amount to you

without any delay ok. Extend my greetings to your family.
My Best regards
Yours brother
Dr. Steve Campbell
Greetings from Vietnam

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