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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: mike walker <>
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2007 20:05:56 +0100
Subject: Now contact my secretary in COTONOU BENIN DE REPOBLIC

Dear Friend
I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the ooperation of a new partner from Paraguay. Presently I'm in South Korea for investment projects with my own share of the total sum. Meanwhile, I didn't forget you're past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how.

Now contact my secretary in COTONOU BENIN DE REPOBLIC his name is MR.JAMES AKALAKA, ON HIS email address: ( )ask HIM to send you the total SUM OF $800.000.00 U.S dollars (DRAFT) which I kept for your compensation for all your past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much, so feel free and get in touched with my secretary JAMES AKALAKA, and instruct him where to send the amount to you.
Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the sufferness at this time, in the moment, I'm very busy here because of the investment projects which me and the new partner are having at hand, finally, remember that i had forwarded instruction to the secretary on your behalf to receive those money, so feel free to get in touch with JAMES AKALAKA , to send the amount to you without any delay.
With best regards MIKE WALKER
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