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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: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 16:31:09 +0200

Good Day,

My name is Mr.David Otishaba a banker by profession and currently a director
with bank of Africa Cotonou Benin Republic Branch.

I got your name and address in my search for a reputable and reliable person
to help me and claim the sum of $9.2 million deposit in our bank by one of
our customer who died with his wife and children on car crash accident and
since his death no one has come up as his next of kin so that is why I
decided to contact you. Your Full Name,Contact Address,Phone/fax number,will
be necessary for this Effect. I await your response so as for us to proceed
with the transaction.If you are interested, this my Alternativee mail
address( Here is my phone number Tel:+229 934-197-01

I looking forward to hear from you further action.
Mr.David Otishaba

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