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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: "MR DEBBY KAMAR" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2004 22:42:12 +0200



Rue du Gouverneur Bayol Cotonou


Telex : 539 ECOBNK

PHONE# +229-980 403



In order to transfer out (USD 65 MILLION) SixtyFive million United States Dollars) from ECOBANK BENIN.

I have the courage to ask for your assistance to handle this important and confidential business

believing that you will never let me down either now or in future.

I am MR DEBBY KAMAR,the auditor of ECOBANK BENIN. There is an account opened in this bank in 1990 and since

2000 nobody has operated on this account again. After going through some old files in the records, I

discovered that if I do not remit this money out urgently it will be forfeited for nothing. The owner

of this account is Mr. DESTIN PAL, a foreigner, and a miner at D & D INVESTMENT CO, a geologist by

profession and he died since 1990. No other person knows about this account or any thing concerning it,

the account has no other beneficiary and my investigation proved to me as well that this company

does not know anything about this account and the amount involved is (USD 65M) Sixty Five million United

States Dollars).

I want to transfer the [USD65M] SixtyFive million United States Dollars into a safe

foreigners account abroad , but I don't know any foreigner,

I am only contacting you as a foreigner

because this money can not be approved to a local bank here, but can only be approved to any foreign account

because the money is in us dollars and the former owner of the account is Mr.DESTIN PAL is a foreigner


I know that this message will come to you as a surprise as we don't know our selves before,but be

sure that it is real and a genuine business. I only got your contact address from my secretary who

operates computer with believe in God that you will never let me down in this business. You are the only

person that I have contacted in this business, so please reply urgently so that I will inform you the

next step to take urgently.

Send also your private telephone and fax number including the full details of

the account to be used for the deposit. I want us to meet face to face or sign a binding agreement to bind

us together so that you can receive this money into a foreign account or any account of your choice where

the fund will be safe. I will fly to your country for withdrawal and sharing and other investments. I am

contacting you because of the need to involve a foreigner with foreign account and foreign


I need your full co-operation to make this work fine because the management is ready to

approve this payment to any foreigner who has correct information of this account, which I will give to you

later immediately, if you are able and with capability to handle such amount in strict confidence and trust

according to my instructions and advice for our mutual benefit because this opportunity will never come again

in my life.

I need truthful person in this business because I don't want to make mistake I need your

strong assurance and trust. With my position now in the office I can transfer this money to any

foreigner's reliable account, which you can provide with assurance that this money will be intact pending

my physical arrival in your country for sharing. and i want to remaind you that your share has been

carculated at 35% of the total sum. I waiting for your urgent reply so that i will give you more information my alternrtive

email is( about this transaction.

for more info please call my private phone number. +229-980 403

Best Regards.


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