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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: "\"Engr.Allan Green\" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 1 Oct 2017 15:49:42 -0700

Global Financial Services European Centre
Central Europe
                                                            Top Secret
Attention: Esteem Beneficiary
My name is Engr Allan Green, formal director of currency World Bank Auditors in charge of European, UK   and African Regional Centers, I wish you to share this brief story with you after  much thoughts within me , I am the person who removed your payment Sub-Contractual Redialed Diskette and reallocated to another Country  after my private investigation reveals a lot of fraud and extortion melted on foreign contractors / Inheritors from different axis manipulated by same people. I have been following your case for long and I am not happy with what is going on, you must promise me that you will not mention to anyone what I am about to reveal to you. If you tell anybody about this message or about me then I will leave you to continue dealing with the criminals.
In Addition, You will hear more details of why you have not been paid as soon as you respond to this message, many people have contacted you but cannot provide your sub-contractual diskette; I sought asylum to work with Global Financial Services Europe , I am ready to put you through due proper platform since the sub-contractual diskette  is with me but you must promise me of sincerity to keep my identification and location secret, those people can hurt  me even here in this country they are selfish, wicked and useless to the human race.
They are looking for me presently, stop further dealings with them because I am with your payment Sub-Contractual Inheritance diskette which means you will not receive any funds outside me. Disregard whatever parcel from them, like ATM, Cheque, Hard Copies without security chip E.T.C, is just an advance trick to convince you further to send them more money, you will find out the whole practice once you respond positively to this message  your email address is on the contractual inheritance diskette presently with me here in this Country .
NB: I don't know presently where you are receiving messages from but for sure those people disguised in many forms to catch prey, check how many messages you receive daily none can provide your Sub-Contractual Inheritance Diskette, ask them for it and you will hear another excuse just to continue deceiving you.
let me wait until you respond to this message then more revelations and solutions to have this sub-contract executed in your name shall be communicated without compromise.
I  await for your response
Engr.Allan Green
Fiduciary Expatriate Agent

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