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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: "paul odili" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 00:16:17 +0200
Subject: Attn;My dear ,


Attn;My dear ,

I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting
those funds transffered under the cooperation of
a new partner from Panama
Presently i'm in Panama for investment projects with
my own share of the total sum.meanwhile,i
didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assit
me in transffering those funds despite that it failed us
Now contact my secretary in BENIN his with the below information Name;
Email; ask him to send you the total US$1.5M (ONE
MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS )certified internation bank draft
which i raised in your favour for your compensation for all the past efforts

and attempts to assist me in this matter.i appreciated
your efforts at that time very feel free and get
intouched with my secretary and give him your address
where to send the draft to you.

Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that
we can share the joy after all the sufferness at
that the moment, i'm very busy here because of
the investment projects which me and the new partner are
having at hand, finally,remember that i had forwardedinstruction
to the secretary on your behalf to receive that
money,so feel free to get intouch with WILLIAMS without any delay. best

Mr,Paul Odili


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