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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: isaac chinaka <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 12:14:35 +0100
Subject: Contact them immediately

Hello Dear, I have register your Cheque Draft.but the manager of Eko Bank Benin told me that before the check will get to you that it will expire. So i told him to cash $1,100.000.00 all the necessary arrangement of delivering the $1,100.000.00 in cash was made with GLOBAL TRUST COURIER COMPANY. This in the information they need to delivery your package to you. DR.ROBERT CHIKAEMAIL:gtcc_benin20@yahoo.plPHONE:+229 93 48 35 19 1.YOUR FULL NAME2.YOUR HOME ADDRESS. 3.YOUR CURRENT HOME TELEPHONE NUMBER. 5.A COPY OF YOUR PICTURE Sincerely Isaac Chinaka.

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