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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 ALENA BROWN" <mary>
Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:24:33 +0300


Due to my tight schedules I could not contact you earlier before
now.I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds
transferred under the cooperation of a new partner. Presently I'm in
Seoul South Korea for an Investment Projects with my own share of the
total sum. Meanwhile,I did not forget your past efforts and attempts
to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us
some how and I am sorry for what happened.

Now contact my secretary in Lagos Nigeria ,Name is:Mr WILLIAM.Email

Tell him to send you the (CHEQUE), a total sum of US$850.000.00
which I kept for your compensation for all your past efforts and
attempts to assist me in this transaction, which was applied in your
name I appreciated your efforts at that time so much.Now get in
contact with my secretary Mr WILLIAM and instruct him where to send
the (CHEQUE) to you.

Please do let me know immediately you receive the (CHEQUE) for us to
share the joy together after our past efforts at that time. At this
moment, I am very busy here because of the investment projects which
my new partner and I are having at hand.Finally, remember I have
forwarded instruction to Mr WILLIAM on your behalf for him to send you
your (CHEQUE).

Best regards,

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