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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: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:04:42 -0700
Subject: Overdue Payment.

Good News!!!!!!

I' m happy to inform you about my success in getting the fund
transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from London .
Presently I'm in London 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 you will need to contact the former
personal secretary to the Rev. Father whom used to be a Good brother to
me when i was in Nigeria, his name is Mr. John Okafor and his email
address is as follows : ( )

Contact: John Okafor
Tel: +234-9084958196
Make Sure you provide him with the following information:

1) Your Full Name:
2) Your Mobile/House Phone No:
3) Your Address where your payment will be dispatch to you:
4) Profession:
5) Preferred Payment Method (Check or ATM/Bank to Bank transfer):
6) Copy of your Int'l Passport / Driving license

Ask him to send you a certified bank draft of US $2,000,000.00 which I
prepared and 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 Mr. John
Okafor and instruct him where to send you the money.

Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share
our joy after all the sufferings at that time. In the moment, I am very
busy here because of the investment projects which me and my newly
partner are having at hand, finally, remember that I had forwarded
instruction to Mr. John Okafor on your behalf to receive that money.
Therefore feel free to get in touch with him
and he will send the amount to you without delay. Take care and bye for

Yours truly
Mrs, Haneefa Abdel

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