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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: "davidike01" <>
Date: Tue, 16 May 2006 05:00:02 -0300

15 Medical Road, Ikeja.

This message is intended only for the use of the individual or organization to which it is addressed. It contains information that is privilege and confidential but exempts from disclosure under the applicable law(s). If you are not the intended recipient, employee or agent responsible for delivery of this message to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that dissemination or copying of this message is strictly prohibited.
We act as solicitors and our services have been retained by Mr. Mark Vinsen now late here in after referred to as our client. On behalf of Late Mr. Mark Vinsen, I write to notify you that my late client made you a beneficiary to the bequest sum US$10.5 Million. In the codicil to his will and last testament. My client Late Mr. Mark Vinsen died on 1st day January 2004 at the Agaja beach at the age of 60.Until his death was a member of several non-governmental organizations and he was also great philanthropist.
This bequest is for support of your activities, humanitarian services and help to the less privileged. In accordance with our inheritance laws you are required to forward documents of proof as the benefice beneficiary. We are perfecting arrangements to complete the lodgment of this money into your desired bank account.
Please acknowledge the receipt of this letter immediately.
Please get in touch with me On My Private E-mail Address: or call me on my private telephone number 234 806 0624717
Best regards,
Barr. David Ike (ESQ)

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