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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 Henry Emeka <>
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2007 13:25:29 +0100 (CET)

Dear Madras House

Having gone through your message, I understand your skeptical nature and i most comprihend on your ability as well.

Regarding the swift transfer of your inheritance funds i most inform you that this is not a scam because i know for sure that we will suceed no matter the mode of it.

What you have to do now in other for us to assualise the process of this claim is get back to me with your comprehensive information so that i can foot you in as the bonify owner of this funds.

The bank will be requiring all this viatl information to enable them commence as regards the facilitation of this wire transfer because the bank have made all visibility study of this claim, Above all facts i will be coming over to your country for the disbursement of the share indicated in my previous email to you.

Our bank have two options of payment which is by Bank Certify Cheque and by telegraphic transfer, if you chose to be paid by Cheque, then ignore to send your account number.

On receipt of these listed items it will be used to match you up as the real next of kin to the inheritance in my file and I will send you a text of application of claim which you will complete and send to the bank's administrative department for approvals to the release of the said inheritance to your account.

Please, I would be most grateful if you can be replying mails on urgent bases so that we can conclude this transaction within the shortest possible time.

I assure you once more that this transaction is 100% risk-free as we will need the services of an attorney here in Nigeria that will help us in securing relevant documents that the bank might require to back up this claim on your behalf and that will make the claim legitimate as we shall work all this out under a legitimate laws.

I look forward to hearing from you soonest

Best Regards,

Mr Henry Emeka

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