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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: "Dr. Dan MusaX" <xx@yy>
Date: Sun, 01 Oct 2017 09:43:03 -0700
Subject: Read And Call Me.......



I need your co-operation in order to transfer into your bank account for our mutual economic benefits,
US$18.2million over inflated contract proceeds. Meanwhile, I am Dr. Dan Musa, senior staff of the
Nigerian Ports Authority. Therefore, my intention in reaching out to you through this medium is to seek
for your assistance/cooperation in getting the over invoiced part of the total contract fund
transferred into your bank account for our mutual benefit.

I already have every arrangement relating to this transaction diligently worked out hence you can be
rest assured of 101% risk/hitch free transaction. I shall provide more details if/where necessary upon
receipt of your favorable reply.

Kindly send the requested information below.

1. Your full name and house address
2. Your identity such as, international passport
or a copy of your driver's license
3. Your contact phone numbers,
4. Your full bank account details.

While thanking in advance for your anticipated favorable response to this proposition, I remain,

Your Sincerely,

Dr. Dan Musa

my direct line my direct line.+234 8132291009

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