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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: =?iso-8859-1?q?clement=20kereku?= <>
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 08:38:08 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Dear

J'ai une nouvelle adresse mailVous pouvez maintenant m'écrire à :


With ultimate good faith, I work with Ecowas Bank of Africa Cotonou Benin Republic.I am writing this letter to ask for your support and cooperation to carry out this business opportunity in my department.

We discovered an abandoned sum of $5,000,000.00 (Five million United States Dollars only) in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customer who was confirmed dead.We have been expecting his next-of-kin to come over and put claims for his money, because we cannot release the fund from his account unless someone applies for claim as the next-of-kin to the deceased as dicated in our banking guidelines.Unfortunately,neither their family member nor distant relative has ever appeared to claim the said fund for over seven years now.

Upon this discovery,I want to make business with you and release the total amount into your account as the heir of the fund since no one came for it. otherwise the fund will be returned to the banks treasury as unclaimed bills.

I will agree that our ratio of sharing will be as stated thus; 30% for you as foreign partner, 70% for me and the officials in my department and 5 % for the settlement of all local and foreign expences incurred by us and you during the course of this business.Upon the successful completion of this transfer, I will come to your country and mind our share. It is from our 65% I intend to invest into property in your country as a way of recycling the fund which I know thats your bussines you will handle it well.

To commence this transaction,we require you to immediately indicate your interest by a return e-mail to enable me file letter of claim to the appropriate departments for necessary approvals before the transfer can be made.Note also,this transaction must be kept between you and I because of its nature.Please reply via my private email for security reason()

Thanks for your anticipated co-operation,

I look forward to receiving your prompt response.

From Dr.Mr Clement Kereku

- clement kereku

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