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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: "don_ben333@yahoo.de" <meebo@helloworld.com>
Reply-To: "don_ben333@yahoo.de" <don_ben333@yahoo.de>
Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2007 07:48:26 -0800 (PST)
Subject: HELLO





From: Mr. DON BEN
Manager Credit and Foriegn Bills
United bank for africa plc
Victoria Island
Lagos-Nigeria.
Attention:
My name is Mr DON BEN, the Manager, Credit and Foreign bills of United bank for africa plc, I have a sensitive/Business Proposal to Re-confirm the sum of US$21.5M (Twenty one Million Five hundered Thousand United States Dollars Only) I am writing in respect of a foreign customer of our bank with account number 14-255-114 whose name is Late MrS. Joyce Lake, an american by citizen who perished in a plane crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 which crashed on January 31 2000, including his wife and only daughter. You shall read more about the crash on visiting this site which I got during my investigation; http://www.cnn.com/2000/US/02/01/alaska.airlines.list, he owns a dollar account with the sum of US$21.5M deposited in the account.
To indicate your interest I need the following:
1. YOUR FULL NAME
2. PHONE AND FAX NUMBER
3. HOME ADDRESS/COMPANY'S NAME AND ADDRESS.
4. YOUR AGE AND OCCUPATION
For your assistant i will give you 30% of the total amount then 10% has been maped out to donate to the motherless baby home, while the remaining 60% will be for me and my partner.
Yours Sincerely,
Mr. DON BEN,
Manager Credit and Foriegn Bills
United bank for africa plc



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