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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: "Ahmed Sambo" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2011 23:48:41 -0700
Subject: Re: Ref: Your Call is Highly Expected.

Eco Bank Transnational PLC .
General Computing/Auditing Department.
Ganhi, Rue du Gouverneur Bayol
P.O. box: 01 B.P.1280 - Cotonou,
Benin Republic.

Dear Sir

I am Mr. Ahmed Sambo, I work with the office of the Director, Foreign

Operation Department of Eco Bank Transnational. Plc,Cotonou Branch.

It happened On the 2nd of May 2004, Engr. P.B Walter, a national of your

country who used to work with Shell Petroleum Development Company In Egbema

(SPDC), my client, his wife And their three children were involved in a car

accident along Shagamu Express Road.

All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives. Since then, Eco

Bank TRANSNATIONAL PLC have made several inquiries to your embassy to locate

any of the extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful.

After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his relatives

over the Internet, to locate any member of his family but of no avail hence I

contacted you.

I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money that belong to your

Uncle, before they get confiscated or declared unservice able by the bank

where this huge deposits were lodged.

Particularly, the Bank where the deceased had an account valued at about

$18.6 Million Dollars has issued a notice to provide the next of kin or have

the account confiscated within the next ten official working days.

Since the bank has been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 3

years now I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the

deceased, so that the proceeds of this account valued at $18.6 Million

Dollars can be paid to you and then you and me can share the money, 40% to

you and 50% to me, while 5% should be for expenses or tax as your government

may require, I have the Certificate of deposit that can be used to back up

any claim we may make.

All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us see this deal through

and your telephone number for easy communication.

I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that

will protect you from any breach of the law. Please get in touch with me by

my private email: to enable us discuss further.

Thank you
My Regards.

Mr. Ahmed Sambo

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