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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, Frank Edward." <>
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 19:02:30 -0800 (PST)

Attention: Beneficiary,

I write to inform you that I have deposited your funds to ECO INTERNATIONAL BANK Benin Republic, However your $2.5 Million Dollars will be transferred to your account once you send your account information to the bank, You know that this transaction have taken longer than expected and I think that the wire transfer is the best and easier way you can receive your funds total of $2.5 Million US Contact the below person who is in position to release your fund into your destination account within 48hours.

Director General,
Dr, Collins Mohammed.
Foreign Remittance Department Eco International Bank Benin Republic.
Email; ( )
Call him with this number,
Office/ +229-96701622
You are require to forward the below information’s to them to avoid transfer your funds to a wrong person.

(1)Your Bank Nname ==============
(2)Beneficiary Name ==============
(3)Your Account Number ===========
(4)Routing Number ================
(5)Your Bank Address =============
(6)Your Home Address =============
(7)Your Country ==================
(8Your age and Occupation ========
(9)A copy of your Passport =========
(10)Your private cell/working Number ===

Please forward the following information’s to them now in there email I gave to you and let me know when you do so and also when you receive your funds in your account, Please make sure you don’t make any mistake with those information so that they will not transfer your funds to a wrong person, I Am very happy because am strongly believe that God is in control.

Good Luck,
Best Regards
Mr, Frank Edward.

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