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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: mike obi <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 02:13:26 +0100
Subject: contact my secretary

Hello My Good Friend, I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those fundstransferred under the cooperation of a new partner from GERMANY . Presently i'm in GERMANY for investment projects with my own share of the total sum. meanwhile,i didn't forget your past efforts andattempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how. Now contact my secretary in Benin.NAME / PRINCE ERICKMOREEmail/ prince_erickmore_dona@yahoo.frADDRESS/Suite 205 Mdomi plaza,Akpakpa Cotonou Benin. You are to forward to him, the following : 1. YOUR FULL! NAME & ADDRESS2. YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER Ask him to send you the total of $1.5MILLION which i kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much.sofeel free and get in touched with my secretary PRINCE ERICKMORE and instruct him where to send the amount to you. Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we canshare the joy after all the sufferness at that time. in the moment, Im very busy here because of the investment projects which me and the new partner are having at hand, finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to the secretary on your behalf to receive that money, so feel free to get in touch with PRINCE ERICKMORE, he will send the amount to you without any delay. CONGRATULATION .Regards,MR MIKE OBI
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