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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. Terry Adams." <>
Date: Wed, 04 Apr 2018 18:03:38 +0100

Dear Friend,

How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family? I hope
this mail meets you in a perfect condition. I am using this opportunity
to thank you for your great effort to our unfinished transfer of fund
into your account due to one reason or the other best known to you.

But I want to inform you that I have successfully transferred the Cheque
out of the company to someone else who was capable of assisting me in
this great venture.Due to your effort, sincerity,courage and trust
worthiness you showed at the course of the transaction I want to
compensate you and show my gratitude to you with the sum of $500,000.00
(Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in addition to your
lottery winnings of 2,000,000.00USD now amounting to $2,500,000.00 (Two
Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars).

I have authorized the finance house where I deposited my money to issue
you international certified bank draft cashable at your bank. My dear
friend I will like you to contact the finance house for the collection
of this international certified bank draft. The name and contact address
of the Person with your Cheque Mr. Steven Mactony is as follow.

MOBILE NUMBER: + 1 (747) 236-3070

Forward the below details along when making contact with him:

1. FULL NAME:____________________
2. ADDRESS:_ ___________ __________
3. E-MAIL ADDRESS:_______________
4. TELEPHONE NUMBER:___________________
5: OCCUPATION: ______________________
6. AGE: _________________________

At the moment, I am very busy here because of the investment projects
which myself and my new partner are having at hand. Finally, remember
that I have forwarded instruction to the finance house on your behalf to
send the bank draft to you as soon as you contact them without delay.
Please I will like you to accept this token with good faith as this is
from the bottom of my heart.

Thanks and God bless you and your family.Hope to hear from you soon.

Best Regards,

Mr. Terry Adams.

N;B So sorry for have contacted you for so long it was due to the fact
that i was responding to medical treatment i went for surgery and ever
since I came back I couldn't locate you until i finally made it. That
was why I am contacting you back to inform you that I finally made it as
a result of this I had to compensate you with this offer.

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