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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 17 May 2007 08:21:36 +0000

Dear Friend,

How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family? I hope this email meets you in a perfect condition.

I am using this opportunity to thank you for your great effort to our unfinished transfer of fund into 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 Funds out of my bank to someone else account who was capable of assisting me in this great venture.
Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trustworthiness you showed at the course of the transaction I want to compensate you and show my gratitude to you with the sum of $3,000,000.00 United State of America Dollars. I have authorized MR.FEMI DAVES, where I deposited my money to issue you international certified bank draft cashable at your bank. My dear friend I want you to contact MR.FEMI DAVES for the collection of this international certified bank draft. The name and contact address of MR.FEMI DAVES is as follows. Name: MR.FEMI DAVES PhD.Email: Contact MR.FEMI DAVES with your personal information’s below because at the moment I am very busy here because of the investment projects which I and my new partners are having at hand In Nepal. NAME IN FULL: ---------------CONTACT ADDRESS: ------------PHONE AND FAX NUMBER: ----------- Finally remember that I have forwarded instruction to MR.FEMI DAVES on your behalf to send the bank draft check of Three Million United State of America Dollars to you. As soon as you contact him without delay. Kindly accept this token with good faith, as this is from the bottom of my heart. Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks.Accountant Usman Bello

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