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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:

Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2007 10:47:56 -0700 (PDT)


How have you been? I hope my email meets you in good

I am much delighted and privileged to contact you
again, after this long time, it takes fate and courage
to remember old friends and at the same time, to show
gratitude to them despite circumstances that made
disrupted our transaction ultimately not working out
as we projected then.

The good news is that I'm happy to inform you about my
success in getting those funds transferred under the
cooperation of a Rotaract club, I take this liberty to
inform you that, the transaction we were pursuing
together, finally worked out and I am contacting you
to let you know the present situation.

I advise you not to accept any fax or a telephone call
that does not come from me.

Now, with a sincere heart, I have raised and signed an
International Cashier's Bank of $550,000 [five
Hundred and fifty Thousand US dollars] only in your
name as COMPENSATION for your dedication, humanity
and contribution, as it were.

I really appreciated your tremendous effort and
contribution to make things work out in retrospect.

Now you have to contact the paying bank,below is the
bank information

Name:Plantinum Habib Bank Plc

The bank is waiting to hear from you so that they can
transfer your money to the account number which you
will provide.

Do note that the International transfer has only
validity period of 21 banking days, therefore your
early response to this development will be

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