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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: Patel Walic <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 22:24:38 +0100
Subject: Very Urgent Please

Dear Good Friend, I am the manager of bill and exchange at the foreign remittance department of Intercontinental Bank Plc Benin. I have urgent and very confidential business proposition for you, this is to inform you that with my position and power in this Bank, I have transferred out the sum of US$6.320.000.00 through our corresponds paying office in London without the knowing of our Bank Directors here in Benin Republic. In respect of this fund, I will be able to share this fund with you if you can be honest to me by giving me my share immediately you received this in your account because i am to forward your bank information to the paying office in London as changing of the provirus account which I use to move this fund out from our bank here. All you need to do now is to forward your personal information and your Bank Details where I will direct the London paying office to complete the transfer to your account without much delay. This transfer will be concluded with 72hours upon the received of your information. Thanks for your understanding and co-operation. Best regards. Mr Patel Walic
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