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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: "goodluckAnderson." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 4 Oct 2010 22:35:11 +0100
Subject: Attention Our Dear Customer,

Attention Our Dear Customer,

I'm An Assistant Manager Western Union Branch Cotonou (Bank of Africa Benin SA) Benin Republic, My Name Is Mr.Goodluck Anderson, I am responding back to you this morning to inform you that Our General manager just passed away 5days ago (((Died))).And all the files/documents was handed over to me yesterday, Luckily i went through all the files and found out that you have incomplete transfer in our custody,

that's why I am writing to inform you that i have some funds at hand to assist you to complete your transaction here in our custody,but it's not yet complete and secondly you have to assure me that after i help you on this matter, and as soon as you receive your first installation payment that you will return my supported money back to me?.

The reason why I want to help you out is because if this fund last for more than a year in our custody it will transfer to Government account.

Therefore, I need your urgent respond today so that we shall finalize the transfer of your $5,200.00. Thanks and God bless as am looking forward to hear from you as the funds beneficiary, remember that you will only receive one payment a day until your total sum of $950.000.00 (Nine Hundred And Fifty Thousand United State Dollars ) is transfer to you completely.
Here is content email (
Mr.Goodluck Anderson.
TELEPHONE:{ +229 99724249}.

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