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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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Fraud email example:

From: john emeka <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 15:32:08 +0100
Subject: Hello My Good Friend,

Hello My Good Friend,

How are you? Hope all is well with you and your family. You may not understand why this mail came to you But it is regarding a business proposal which we did not conclude as well.

I am using this opportunity to inform you that this business has been concluded with the assistance of another partner who financed the transaction to a logical conclusion, I thank you for your great effort to our unfinished transfer of fund into your account due to one reason or the other. But I want to inform you that I have successfully transferred the fund out of my bank to my new partner's account that was capable and assisted me in this great venture.

Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trust worthiness You showed during the course of the transaction. I have left a certisfied international bank draft for you worth of $800, 000.00 cashable anywhere in the world.
My dear friend, I will like you to contact MY SECRETARY Mr.joseph egbunike ,on his direct email address at:[ ] for the collection of your bank draft. I authorized him to release the Bank Draft to you whenever you contact him for it. At the moment, I'm very busy here because of the investment projects, which I and the new partner are having at hand.
Please I will like you to accept this with good faith as this is from the bottom of my heart, Also, you should comply with Mr.egbunike, .joseph 's directives so that he will send the draft to you without any delay.

NOTE;You are advise not to accept any fax or telephone calls that does not come from Mr.joseph egbunike, Because, he is the only person I left the order how to deliver the check draft to you, and you may contact him immediately you received this message for more informations on you can receive the bank draft.
.Name: Mr joseph egbunikeCity: Cotonou,
Country:Benin Republic
Therefore, you should send him your full Name and telephone number including your home address where you want him to send the draft to you.
Best Regards
john emeka

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