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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: MOMOH <>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 16:33:20 +0200
Subject: please read and get back!!!!!!!!!!

Dear Friend
Having consulted with my colleagues and based on the
information gathered from our Accounts Department, I
have the privilege to request for your assistance to
transfer the sum of $38,600,000.00 (Thirty eight
million,six hundred thousand United States dollars)
into your accounts.

The above sum resulted from an over-invoiced
contract,executed, commissioned and paid for about
five years (5) ago by a foreign contractor through our

This action was however intentional and since then
the fund has been in a suspense account at The Bond
Financial Services Group. We are now ready to transfer
the fund
overseas and that is where you come in.

It is important to inform you that as civil servants,
we are forbidden to operate a foreign account; that
is why we require your assistance.

The total sum will be shared as follows:70% for us,
25% for you and 5% for local and international
expenses incident to the transfer.

The transfer is risk free on both sides. I am an
accountant with the Bond Financial Services Group.

if you find this proposal acceptable,we shall require
the following documents:
(a) your banker's name, telephone, account and fax
(b) your private telephone and fax numbers
-for confidentiality and easy communication.
(c) your full name and address.

We will furnish you with a breakdown explaining,
comprehensively what we require of you. The business
will take us ten (10)working days to accomplish.

Please reply urgently with this e mail address:

Mr Kelvin Momoh

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