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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. David Obasseki" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2011 20:00:15 +0300
Subject: Very Urgent Massege


We hope this message will meet you in a good health? We the management of Novena International Trust Bank Plc, has been directed by Mr. Samuel Clark to contact you over a Bond Deposit of $3,600.000.00 usd ( Three Million Six Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) which Mr. Samuel Clark deposited with our institution on your behalf. Reason for this money is for you to help Launch a Foundation on Motherless Babies and the Less Privileged in your area in his name, Mr. Samuel Clark was awarded a Multi Million United State Dollars project in a remote area of Japan but it is unfortunate that he died in motor accident last two weeks on his way to the airport for the execution of the contract in Japan. (Late Mr. Samuel Clark) Deposited the $3,600.000.00 usd with our Bank in a good faith, trusting that you will be capable of handling the assignment since he did not have enough time to do it himself.

His instruction to us after the transfer of the funds into your account is that you shall use ($ 3,000.000.00 usd) on the foundation and keep ($600,000.00) as your reward for participation. For your information, the Board Directors of this Bank has already deliberated over the successful completion of this mandate through our on-line Banking system on your favuor.

The needful document of the transaction will be given to you on the receipt of your urgent response for confirmation and also a direction on how to proceed on with the Funds Transfer.

Mr. David Obasseki .
Director Foreign Operation,
Novena International Trust Bank,
Cotonou ,Benin- Republic.

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