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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: "Echi Don" <>
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2008 19:17:01 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Contact Account Officer for your great effort.

How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family?, You may =
not understand why this mail came to you. But if you do not remember me=
, you might have receive an email from me in the past regarding a multi=
-million-dollar business proposal which we never concluded.
I am using this opportunity to inform you that this multi-million-dolla=
r business has been concluded with the assistance of another partner fr=
om Germany who financed the transaction to a logical conclusion.
I thank you for your great effort to our unfinished transfer of fund in=
to your account due to one reason or the other best known to you. But I=
want to inform you that I have successfully transferred the fund out o=
f my bank to my new partner's account in Germany that was capable of as=
sisting me in this great venture.
Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trust worthiness You showed =
during the course of the transaction. I want to compensate you and show=
my gratitude to you with the sum of $1000,000.00. I have left a certi=
fied international bank draft for you worth of $1000,000.00 cashable an=
ywhere in the world. One Million US dollars only. My dear friend I will=
like you to contact my Account Officer Mr. Adimorah Edimond on his dir=
ect email address at: [] for the collection of=
your bank draft. I authorized him to release the Bank Draft to you whe=
never you contact him regarding for it.
At the moment, I'm busy because of the new investment projects which I =
and the new partner are having at hand. Please I will like you to accep=
t this token with good faith as this is from the bottom of my heart, Al=
so comply with Mr. Albert's directives so that he will send the draft t=
o you without any delay.
CONTACT: Adimorah Edimond.
Account Officer,
Cotonou, Benin Republic,
His email address: []

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