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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: chibuking nwoko <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 09:01:12 +0100

My Dear Friend.This is to thank you for your effort.I understand that your hands weretied.Not to worry.I have succeeded,the money has been transfered intothe account provided by a newly found friend of mine in POLAND.To compensate for your past assistance and commitments,i have droppedan International Certified Bank Draft of $1,500.000.00 for you.I am in POLAND with my family presently.I do intend to establishsome business concerns here,and possibly buy some properties.Contactmy Secretary in Benin-Republic Miss.jennifer williams on ( my mail to her,then ask her to send the cheque to you.Take good care of yourself.Regards,Mr chibuking nwoko.

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