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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2008 15:29:24 +0100
Subject: Thank you and God Bless you.

Hello my=C2=A0 Dear ,

It's been long I heard from you.

I just want to use this medium to thank you for your earlier assistance t=
o help me to raise funds for the contract that was awarded to me by the I=
raqi government without any positive outcome.

I am obliged to inform you that I have succeeded in receiving the contrac=
t at last with the help of a new partner from Malaysia who gave me the mo=
bilisation fee to secure the contract in iraq.

Everything was perfectly done because we strike the deal with one of the =
Lady accountant who works with the Federal Ministry of Finance (FMF) and =
she rendered a tremendous help to me. My new partner initiated this idea =
and everything worked out successfully. In appreciation of your earlier a=
ssistance to me that time.

I have decided to compensate you with the sum of ($800,000.00 )=C2=A0 Eig=
ht Hundred Thousand US Dollars,This is from the gain i got from the contr=
act. I did this simply to show you that it is good to do good things to t=
he right people always. Presently, I am in Iraq for the contract.=20
So contact my personal assistant in Benin due Republic,Rev Dr Eke Benjami=
n ,He will assist you to get the fund transfer into your account as I adv=
ice him.his Email (
telephone number:+229-93601335:

Please do let me know Immediately you cash the money so that we can share=
the joy together, I am very busy here in Iraq because we are rebuilding =
thair industries, roads and government institutions projects in Iraq.
=C2=A0 Best Regards,
Engr,Ebeson Ike.


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