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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: emmanuel okeke <>
Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2007 20:43:55 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: mailing address.

Hello Amott,

There is no other person that comes to me for this because it was signed in your name and i was instructed to send it to you as soon as you contacts me so what i need now is your mailing address where you want me to send the check to you and amount is $800,000 usd.

So send it now so that by monday i will use it and register your check now
Mr.Emmanuel Okeke

Amott Nagelst < .info> a écrit :

Dear Sir,

If you find that my written English is not totally wonderful, I am apologetic but it is not my mother language.

To be direct I am a little mixed-up because I have been requested to get in touch with several email addresses regarding a private and critical issue. Can you please peruse the enclosed email and tell me whether I am at last in touch with the right person to do this work for me? I am just a little unassured.

Mr Amott Nagelst

--- Forwarded email ---


I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting the fund transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from Japan. Presently i'm in Japan for investment projects with my own share of the total sum. meanwhile i didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how.

Now contact my secretary his name is Emmanuel Okeke and his email address is ask him to send you the total $800.000.00 Usa dorllas which i kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and tempts to assist me in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much. so feel free and get in touched with my secretary and instruct him where to send the amount to you.

Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the sufferness at that time. in the moment i am very busy here because of the investment projects which me and the new partner are having at hand finally remember that I had forwarded instruction to the secretary on your behalf to receive that money so feel free to get in touch with secretary Emmanuel Okeke.

With best regards
Dr.Peter john.

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