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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: onyeka agu <>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 22:08:10 +0100

Dear Friend, It has been long we communicated last, am so sorry for the delay ,I mean your cheque of USD$800.000.00 that my boss asked me to mail to you as soon as you request for it , but due to some high price of courier company you fails to respond to me, and presently the cheque is still with me here in Benin Republic, I went to the bank to verify if the status of the cheque but i was told that your cheque is good that you can cash the cheque in any bank in the world,I wich to inform you that I have find A new contact from a friend of mine who works with Diplomatic Courier Company here in BENIN REPUBLIC that will deliver your cheque at your door step with a cheeper rate, which the company said that it will cost you the sum of $98.00 us dollars, so you have to hurry and register with them now.and try to ask them to give you the Direction which you will use to send the $98.00 to them to enable them proceed the delivery of your cheque,because your draft is already with them, the draft was packaged in a way that the courier company will not open it untill you receiver it according to them it will only take them 2 days to deliver the cheque to your door step, so my friend you have to hurry and make sure you send the $98.00 to them to enable them deliver the draft to you ,cantact them immedaitely with the information giving to you, so that your $800.000.00 will be deliver to you this week, Below is thier email address: ( And the Directors name is ( DR HENRYOKOYE) Please do send your full address to them such as YOUR FULL NAME .........YOUR ADDRESS WHERE THE DRAFT WILL BE DROPYOUR CONTACT PHONE................I wait to hear from you soon.Thank you. Mr. Onyekagu
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