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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: Godwin Eze <>
Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2007 17:09:46 +0100 (CET)

Dear Sir/Madam,


I am Godwin Eze,the Accountant with Wema Bank Plc of Federal republic of Nigeria. We discovered an abandoned sum of $15,000,000,00 (Fifteen Million United States Dollars Only) in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customers who died along with his entire family of a wife and two children in November 1997 in a motor accident.

After going through some old files in the records, I discovered that if I do not remit this money out urgently it would be forfeited for nothing. The owner of this account is Engineer Steve Moore, a foreigner, and a mine at Enugu cool Company. He Was an Agricultural Engineer by profession and No other person knows about this account or anything concerning it, the account has no other beneficiary and my investigation proved to me as well that his Company does not know anything about this account and the money involved is Fifteen Million United States Dollars (US$ 15 Million). 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 immediately.

I have agreed that our ratio of sharing will be as stated thus: 30 % for you as foreign partner, 60 % for me and 10 % for the settlement of all local and foreign expenses incurred by me 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 my 60 % Intend to import Agricultural machineries into my country as a way of recycling the fund.

Meanwhile, I am contacting you because of the need to involve a foreigner with a foreign account as a beneficiary. 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 as soon as you indicate your sincerity to co-operate with me, and capability to handle such amount
in strict confidence and trust, according to my instruction and advice, for our mutual benefit because this opportunity may never come again in my life.

Please, I need a truthful and God fearing person in this Business because I don't want to make a mistake so I need your strong assurance and trust With my position in the office I don't want anything that will jeopardize my job so I advice that we should make secrecy and confidentiality our primary working condition, bearing in mind that I am a public servant. I will also use my position and influence to effect legal approvals and onward transfer of this money to your account.

To commence this transaction, I require you to immediately indicate your interest by a return E-mail and enclose your private contact telephone number, Fax number, full names and address and your designated Bank coordinates to enable me file letter of claim in your favor to the appropriate departments for necessary approvals before the transfer can be made.

Note also that this transaction must be kept strictly confidential because of it's nature.

I look forward to your earliest reply.

Yours sincerely,

Godwin Eze.

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