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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: "OCEANIC BANK PLC." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 1 Jul 2011 23:33:44 +0100
Subject: Attention: Beneficiary/Contractor,

Attention: Beneficiary/Contractor,
Beneficiary File No: CBN / 07 /B/ 211.
This is to inform you that we have verified your contract / inheritance payment file and found out that you have not received your payment, this morning we receive a telephone call from Mr. Williams James, he said you are dead, he requestthat your contract/inheritance fund of $8.5 million should be paid into his bank account in united states, we want to know if you really sent him to act as your representative? And if you did not, please tell us why you abounded your fund in our bank for a long time now?
He has called twice to claim your fund in our bank and we are now contacting you officially to know if you really sent him and we want to use this oppochunity to tell you that your fund have been approved and confirmed you as the beneficiary of this fund but you have not fulfill the obligations given to you in respect of your contract/inheritance payment.
Now we have arranged your payment of (USD 8.500,000.00) Eight million, five hundred thousand United State Dollars in ATM PAYMENT CARD to be sent to you through our corresponding bank (OCEANIC BANK PLC.) the payment should made through online banking.
Please you should not again contact any body from intercontinental bank. Central bank, united bank of Africa, access bank and any bank in London, Africa etc.
You are only instructed to contact MR WALTON DAVIS, OF OCEANIC BANK PLC.
Mobile: +234-80 64225996
Try and contact Him with him Private Email:
And send to her your contact informations such as :
TELEPHONE NUMBER..................
Best regards,
Dr.John Aboh.
Executive Governor

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