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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: "FAITH MATHS" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 16:29:30 +0100

*Dear Friend,*


*Longest time,I hope all is well together with your
family,if so glory be to God almighty.Well,Sorry to
hear this news and please understand that the fault is
not from me.I'm happy to inform you about my success in
getting those funds transfered with the cooperation of
a new partner from Poland. We were paid from
Eco Bank Plc in cotonou benin republic.*


*Presently I'm in Poland 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 this funds despite we could not conclude
it.I have decided to compensate you.*


*Contact my account officer in Eco Bank Plc in cotonou,
Benin Republic,his name is Mr Abraham Martins
on his e-mail address(*** <>
*) I
have raised a certified bank draft in your name to the
tune of Two million,five hundred thousand united states
dollars as compensation for all the past efforts and
attempts to assist me in the transaction.*


*I appreciated your efforts at that time very much. so
feel free and get in touched with my account office Mr
Abraham Martins and instruct him on where to send the
draft to you at your own expense as I have done enough
by allocating such amount to you. Even my current
partner is not happy that i have to allocate such
amount to you bearing in mind your nonchalant attitude
to the transaction at its crutial stage.*


*I am very busy here because of the investment projects
which I and the new partner are handling, finally,
remember that I have forwarded instruction to my
account officer on your behalf. So feel free to get in
touch with Mr Abraham Martins he will inform me
immidiately he has oblidged you the fund.*


*Best Regards,*


*Barr Faith Maths.*


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