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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: "Mr. David Moore." <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:49:39 -0300
Subject: MY DEAR FRIEND!!!

My Dear Friend,
I am happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds
transferred under the co-operation of a new partner from Paraguay. Although
you might find it difficult to remember me, since it has indeed been a very
long time.
However, I am much elavated and privileged to contact you again after this
long time. While it takes faith and courage to remember old business partners
and at the same time, to show gratitude to them in-spite of circumstances
that may have disrupted our transaction ultimately not to work out as we
Nevertheless, I take this liberty to inform you that, the transaction we
were pursuing then together, finally worked out by the infinite mercy of
GOD Almighty and I've decided to contact you,just to let you know the
present situation.
I must inform you also that I am presently in Paraguay for business
negotiations and establishments, and with a sincere heart, I have raised
and signed an International Cashier's Bank Draft drawn from HSBC bank London,
to the tune of  $6,000.000.00 (Six Million Dollars) in your name as
COMPENSATION for your dedication and humane contribution as it were. I will
be very busy here at the moment because of the investment projects that me
and my new partners are having at hand.
Do not also accept any fax or telephone calls that do not come from my
barrister. He is the only person I instructed and directed on how to
deliver you your bank draft to you.
Therefore, I implore you to contact him immediately you read this message
for further information on how to receive your bank draft, for I have conscience
as a human being, and I really appreciate your tremendous efforts and
contribution made to make things work out but which we couldn't complete
due to circumstances beyond your control.
In view of this, you are to contact my barrister in person Fred Billy, Pleaae find below his contact information.
Contact person :Barrister Fred Billy
Office Address: Saxon Way L33 4HG
Liverpool, England.
Make sure you reply to this e-mail copy it and reply.
For your Certified bank draft of  $6,000.000.00, Six Million United States Dollars to be
properly delivered to your address, you have to fill this claims form below:
Legal Full name:
Delivery Address:
Phone contact#:
Country Of Residence:
Passport ID:
Take note and bear in mind that the International Cashier Bank Draft has a
validity period of 30 banking days, as such it is expedient you contact him
and thus have modality put in place to conclude this arrangement in the
earliest possible time.
For the time being i may not respond to your email due to my investment
project in Paraguay.
Best regards,
Mr. David Moore.
Apex Link Sec

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