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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: simon eze <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 02:46:52 +0100
Subject: contact information of the contactsinformation of the company:

Dear friend, It has been long we communicate last, am so sorry for the delay, Iam talking of your cheque of ($800.000.00) that my boss asked me to mail to you as soon as you request for, but due to some minure issue you fails to respond at the aproprate time, and presently the cheque is with me here in BENIN REPUBLIC. Though I had a new contact from a friend of mine who works with one the delivery company here in BENIN REPUBLIC that will assit you on delivery your cheque at your door step at a cheeper rate, which the company y said that it will cost you the sum of $85, so you have to register with them now.Below is the contact information of the contactsinformation of the company:Contact person:Dr Sam Williams).Tel/ Fax............+229-93136112. Email: ( Make sure you contact them as soon as possible, meanwhile I will go right away to the delivery company and submit your cheque with them, and I would like you contact them for more information and clearification with thier email address and phone numbers above. I will like to hear from you as soon as you recieved your cheque. Thank you.
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