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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2007 09:39:21 +0100

ATTENTION: ARE YOU RELIABLE? I am Ben Udemba, the son of late Senator Godwin Udemba, who was assassinated along side with the wife on a fateful Sunday on their way to church on January this year.My father before his death was a Governorship aspirant of my state. They were laid to rest on 26th day of February. Just twelve days after the burial of my parents, my uncles stated demanding we surrender all the documents left by my parents to enable them inherit our belongings, without considering the pains we are still passing through. My refusal to their demand warranted them to chase me and my sister away from our father’s house. Trying to eradicate us by all means.Since then we have been sleeping from one church to the other, trying to protect our lives from danger. Now we have made up our mind to leave this wicked country by all means, thereby looking for a reliable person who is Godly minded, that would not add sorrow to the one we are facing for now, that we can use as the next of kin and also the beneficiary of the $7.2 million USD deposited by our father to one of the security company here, which I have the certificate of deposit with me. But the person must agree on the following:1. Taking us as his or her own relatives2. making sure of investing this money for us in his or her country 3. Making sure that we will finish our education in his or her country4. Must not have anything to do with Nigerians, because they are wicked Then I will not hesitate to forward the contact information of the person to the security company for the change of ownership of the fund to his or her favor. I am 19 and a 200 level political science student of University of Nigeria Nsukka , while my younger sister by name Favor Udemba is 17 and about going to the higher institution, by the next session. So we would not like anything that will jeopardize this fund or anybody who will stop communicating with us as soon as this money is being transferred to his or her personal bank account. Because this is our only hope for now. So if you can abide by these rules, kindly contact us and I will let you know the next step to take. Waiting for your prompt response,Yours sincerely, Ben & Favor Udemba.
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