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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: "Mr.Bobby Jones" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 2 Nov 2010 00:33:05 +0100
Subject: HOW DO YOU DO???????

Financial Intelligent Unit (NFIU)
Head Of Department:-Mr Bobby Jones.
Location. No. 12,

Attention Beneficiary,

This is to urgently confirm from you if actually you know some body by the name Mrs. Patricia Douet or did you sign any Deed of Assignment with her to receive your fund, please reply to us with:

Your Full Names: .........................
Your Contact address (Home/Office): ..............
Your Mobile: .........................
Your Telephone number: ...........................

Based on our investigation of your payment,we found out that she is claiming to be your representative and that you are Dead and before your death, you made her the sole beneficiary of your fund and now, she is here to claim it.

Now, $5.6 Million has been approved in your favor for payment so get the above informations to us fast unfailingly today and if by the end of today you did not send us an email that you are alive with your informations, you will leave us with no other option than to allow her access to this fund.

Get back to me as soon as possible via email or call +234-8085726714 for the immediate release of your fund to you.

Thanks for adhering to this instructions as i wait for your email with your informations.


Mr.Bobby Jones.
Financial Intelligent Unit (NFIU)
Executive Chairman E.C.D.R.

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