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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.OGILE KEN" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 9 May 2011 05:58:17 -0000

Dear Friend.

My name is Mr. Ogile Ken, an Accountant with a bank in west Africa. I will like you to indicate your interest to receive the transfer of US$16.5 Million. I got your contact from the Internet on my search for Honest/ Reliable person or company to execute this business together.

SUBJECT: After due consideration, I have fully agreed to privately invest extensively in a very business venture. I am intending to retire from government services to private business I decided to contact you for an urgent business proposal. I have decided to deal with a neutral person like you because of the nature of the transaction as I will equally be happy to arrange with you on terms of trade and possible transfer of the funds needed for the investment into your company’s account or personal account.

To enable me start the process and remittance of the fund into your bank account successfully within 7 banking days, I need the following information from you by e-mail:

1.Full name:
4. Private cell phone:
5. Occupation:
6. Age.

Note that as soon as I receive this information i forwarded it the appropriate departments for final processing and approvals. With the modalities I have worked out to makes it possible for you to act as the next of kin to my late customer whose account is presently dormant for claims who died 10 years ago with his family in a car accident.

This transfer is 100% risk free having done all the underground works locally for the smooth transfer of the fund into your bank account within the shortest period. I advised that you should keep this transaction a top secret and rest all correspondence to e-mail or phone only, because I am occupying a sensitive position in the government circle and also this is once in a lifetime opportunity.

Finally I want you to assure me that you will work on my instruction and my own share of the money will be safe. You will be rewarded with {40% which is 6.6 million} of the total sum for your honest assistance and co-operation, {60% which is 9.9 Million} remain for me.

Contact me by return mail for any question and further discussion .

Awaiting your urgent response.

Best regards,
Mr.Ogile Ken

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