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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: "Dr. Donald Williams" <>
Date: Fri, 13 May 2011 17:59:26 +0400
Subject: User-code: BK-5468758-US, Password:-bnk453

Dear Beneficary,

This is to inform you that we have made the payment of your overdue
payment and we receive the informations. your full account details is
needed due to is the secure way to communicate the transaction to you.
will guide you through the process so that you may them go to any local
bank to receive your $200.000.00 from your US dollars account by first
thing this morning. Contact me back with the informations needed by today
so that we can get your fund transfer by today without any delay again. 1
Instructions to obtain the actvation fee of $30) This service is mandatory
that you will send the service fee $30 using the below information via
western union only.

Senders Name-----
Recivers name---- Godson OTEH
Destination country --- Benin Republic
City and state -- Cotonou
Zip code --- +229
Question----What Color?

2. Once you have send the fee forward the MTCN, your fund will be release
to you and you will visit any local bank by first thing this morning and
ask to speak to your local bank with this below: User-code: BK-5468758-US,
Password:-bnk453 , And represent the Usercode and password to them, and
total money will be pay to you cash by first thing this morning as soon as
we receive the payment details and your full informations by today. and
bank will be ready to pay you the requested amount as soon as we receive
the requirement from you today, so try all you can to do that now so that
we can get things done by today without any further delay again.

Waiting to hear from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Dr. Donald Williams

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