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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: David Okeke <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 02:59:24 +0100
Subject: your compensation

Hello dear, My boss gave me a certified bank draft of $1,500,000.00 (one million five hundred thousand united states dollars only) that I should send it to you as compensation for all your efforts to assist him gets the funds. Remember he contacted you sometime in the past to assist him repatriate the funds abroad so that the two of you can share the money. He directed me to notify you about his success in getting those funds transferred to Lebanon under the cooperation of a new partner from Lebanon. He left to Lebanon earlier last week with some people and from there; he will go to the USA. Meanwhile, confirm your address so that I can send the original draft to you. My boss is presently in Lebanon for investment projects with his own share of the total sum. He reiterated that he didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist him in transferring those funds despite that it failed you somehow. Now get in touch with me so that I can send you the certified international bank draft of total $1,500,000.00, which my boss kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist him in this matter. He appreciated your efforts at that time very much. So feel free and get in touch with me and instruct me where to send the draft to you. Yours faithfully,David Okeke.
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