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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: "john eze" <>
Date: Sun, 23 Jul 2006 20:25:29 +0100
Subject: Contact REV. ONAH DAVID now.

Dear Friend,

It is my pleasure to contact you once again after our unsuccessful attempt
on our business transaction. Well, I just want to use this medium to thank
you very much for your earlier assistance to help me in transfering the fund
without any positive outcome.

I am obliged to inform you that I have succeeded in receiving the funds with
the help of a new partner from Paraguay Mr. Fernando Alvaro Gomez.

Everything was perfectly done because we struck a deal with one of the
Ladies Accountant who works with the Federal Ministry of Finance here
in Nigeria (FMF), who rendered a tremendous help to us. My new partner
initiated this idea and everything worked out successfully.

In appreciation of your earlier assistance to me in receiving the
funds, I have decided to compensate you with the sum of
$50,000.00(Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) in international certified
bank draft which can be collected at any bank of choice. This is from my own

I did this simply to show appreciation to you for your kind support and
assistance even though we could not succeed due to negative informatiom
which you received at the time about the transaction. Presently, I am in
Paraguay for investment projects with my own share on the advice of my

Meanwhile, I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in
transferring this fund despite the fact that we could not succeed. I will be
sending you e-mail from time to time to know if you have received your
compensation or not.

In the light of the above, you are therefore, to contact my personal
Assistant, Rev.David Onah on my former telephone line:234-805-049-4917 and
do send him your contact address where you want the Draft to be sent to you.
His e-mail address is:

Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the
joy together after all the suffering at that time. In the moment, I am very
busy here in Asuncion, the capital city of Paraguay because of the
investment projects, which the new partner and I are having at hand. So feel
free to get in touch with him to send the Draft to you
without any delay.

With My Best Regards,
John Ezeh.

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