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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. steve sanya" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2011 06:13:32 -0800


Attn: please,

I am Mr. steve sanya the international account officer of

This is to inform you that we received an instruction letter from office the PRESIDENTFEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA,instructing us as corresponding bank to commence on the Electronic Wire Transfer of your funds amounting to sixteen million five hundred thousand united state dollas {$16.5 m} of your overdue inheritance contract payment your bank in America.

You are required to provide the followings information’s below:

{1}. Your Full Name and Address:
{2}. Your Confidential Tel, Cell and Fax Number for easier and
faster communication:
{3). Your Bank name and address:
{4). Your A/c Name and Numbers:

(5). Your Swift Code / Routing Numbers:

Please do provide the above information accurately, because this office cannot afford to be held liable for any wrong transfer of funds or liability of funds credited into a ghost account.

Looking forward to receive the required information,

Mr. steve sanya

Kindly contact me via email:

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