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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: "Mrs. Rebecca Williams" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2016 05:49:49 -0400

Dear Friend,
I am indeed happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the co-operation of a new partner from Queensland-Australia. Although you might find it difficult to remember me since it has indeed been quite a long time.
However, i am much elated and privileged to contact you again after this long time.While it takes faith and courage to remember old friends 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 projected then.
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 of things.
I must inform you also that i am presently in Queensland-Australia for business negotiations and establishment and with a sincere heart,i have raised and signed an International Cashier's Check  to the tune of $950,000.00 in your name as Compensation for your dedication and humane contribution as it were then.I will be very busy here at the moment because of the investment projects that me and my new partners are having at hand.The Cashier's Check is with Mrs.Katherine Angelina Peterborough, so do not accept any fax or telephone calls that do not come from her,she is the only person i instructed and directed on how to deliver the Cashier's Check  to you.
Therefore,i implore you to contact her immediately you read this message for further information on how to receive your Cashier's Check , i have conscience as a human being and i really appreciate your tremendous effort and contribution made to make things work out but which we couldn't complete then due to circumstances beyond  our control.
In view of this, you are to contact Mr.Johnson Flores and below is his contact.
Contact Person: Mr.Johnson Flores
Mobile Number: +1740-208-4569
Note: He is waiting to hear from you so that he can ship the Cashier's Check to your residence/office address as you may instruct her where to send it to with your full detailed information's as regards delivery.Take note and bear in mind that the International  Cashier's Check has a validity period of 30 banking days only,as such it is expedient you contact him and thus have modality put in place to conclude this arrangement in the earliest possible time.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 my new partner are having at hand.Remember that i had forwarded instruction to my secretary on your behalf to receive the Check,so get in touch with him and he will send your Cashier's Check to you without delay.
Finally, my sincere advice to you as a Christian is that you should endeavor to pay your tithe to a bible believing church when you get the money.
Your share of the money with best regards.
Mrs. Rebecca Williams

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