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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: frank dada <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 15:12:34 +0100
Subject: Dear Webber,please immediate response will be appreciated.

My Dear Webber, I am Mr. Frank Dada, a Supervisor in Ecobank, Cotonou-Benin Republic. It is my pleasure to seek for your assistance in this confidential business transaction,which will be of mutual benefit to both of us. Engr. Johnston Ellis an oil expartriate/contractor maintains a domiciliary account with our bank which I am the Account Relationship Officer and he has a credit balance of US$10,600,000.00(TEN MILLION SIX HUNDRED THOUNDSAND UNITED STATES. DOLLARS) in my branch On normal monthly routine notification, I sent a notice to his forwarded address but got no reply. After months we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employer (Shell Petroleum Corporation) that Engr..Johnston Ellis died from an automobile accident while on vacation to his country. All attempts by the Bank to trace his next of kin were fruitless On further investigation we found out that He died alongside with his Next of kin And until now no other person(s) knows about this account or could give any documentary evidence concerning this account. The total sum was US$10,600,000.00 is still standing in his favour in my bank as dormant account. No one has ever come forward to claim it by virtue of banking law in Republic of Benin after two years the money will reverted to the Beninoise Government Treasury account, if the account owner is certified dead and nobody comes forward to claim it. Now the most important thing is your support and your full coperation and also to Remain honest to me untill the end of this transaction, believing you will not disappoint me at the end after this money must have been fully processed and transferred into your bank account. At the conclusion of this business,we will have it share 40%-60% of the total amount,US$10,600,000.00. Plesaebe rest assured that as far as I am concerned this business is 100% risk free,because I have already covered every loop holes and also set my machinery at work to avoid traces. Your's Faithfully, Mr. Frank Dada
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