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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:

Date: Wed, 16 May 2007 09:09:36 -0300
Subject: Urgent Response

Bill & Exchange UnitInternational Operation Dept.African Development Bank
(ADB) Cotonou, Benin Republic

Dear Partner, My name is Dr. Dr. Sunday Eziegulu and I work in the Bill
& Exchange Unit, international Operation Department in a Local Bank here
in Cotonou, Benin Republic.  On a routine inspection I discovered a
dormant domiciliary account with a BAL.Of US$ 6,600,000 ( Six Million, Six
Hundred United States Dollars on further discreet investigation, I also
discovered that the account holder (MR. ANDREAS SCHRANNER FROM MUNICH,
GERMANY) has long died in a plane Crash since July, 2000 with his family and
you can read further on this site for the bbc news on the
incident. The
banking guidline here requires a responsible person and who the bank can
entrust this treasury as an inheritance fund and the bank will certainly
approve this money to any foreigner that makes claim over the fund because
the former operator of the a/c is a foreigner. I will provide the
necessary information needed in order to claim this Money, You must apply
first to the bank as a relative/next of kin of the deceased with details
where the fund would be transferred indicating:

1. Your Bank Name & Address2. Your Bank account3. Your routing &
checking numbers  I wish to solicit for Your utmost confidentiality in
handling this transaction as my job and the future of my family would be
jeopardized if breached.  I want to assure you that the transaction is
without risk if due process is followed accordingly and you are having 40% of
the US$6.6Million for your corporation. I look forward to a favorable response
from you via my private mail box {}

Your Full Name:- Your Full Address:-Your Occupation:-Your Age:-Your Marrital
Status:-Your Private Telephone and fax Number:-

Yours Faithfully,Dr. Sunday Eziegulu


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