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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: "Matthe Ejeayor" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 11:34:43 +0100
Subject: Dear Friend,

*Dear Friend,

I got your address via the internet personality search with the Ghanian
chamber of commerce and i which to solicite your cooperation for this
business of great magnitude however is not mandatory nor will I in any
manner compel you to honour against your will.

I am 49, and work with a bank (one of the African leading banks in the West
Coast).I discovered a dormant account of Six Million Five Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars(US$6.500.000.00) deposited, with account number IBA
100146886-00 for the past four (4)years. *

*The true owner of this funds/ account was Late DR.GEORGE BRUMLEY,acitizen
of Atlanta,United States of America, who died along with his entire family
in a plane crash that took place in Kenya,East Africa You shall read more
about the crash on visiting this site. . After
going through your profile and with great commitment to prayer and fasting
,i felt relief and alleviated in spirit and decided to contact you
immediately for this mutual business relationship. *

*Regarding the short period of Fifteen (15) bank working days allowed
confirming and submitting the reports by the Board of directors of my bank,
which may lead to the cancellation or terminating of the account. It is
therefore upon this discovery that I and two other officials in this
department now decided to make business with you and release the money to
you as the next of kin or beneficiary of the funds for safety keeping and
subsequent disbursement ,since nobody is coming for it and we don't want
this money to go back into Government treasury as unclaimed bill

Now my questions are:-
1. Can you handle this project?
2. Can i give you this trust?
3. Can you sponsor this project? if so, What will be your commission?
Consider this and get back at me as soon as possible.

Finally, it is my humble prayer that the information as contained herein be
accorded the necessary attention,urgency as well as the secrecy it deserves.

I expect your urgent response if you can handle this project.
send a mail for confirmation to my alternate<>

Respectfully yours,
Mr.Matthew Ejeayor*

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