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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: William Emeka <>
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2011 03:22:38 +0800 (SGT)

Attn.My Dear Customer:
There is an issue involving $5.7MUSD which was called to Our Bank(CAPITAL CITY BANK) from THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF FINANCE OF BENIN REPUBLIC concerning your compensation of $5.700,000.00 USD has been forwarded to Western Union Money Transfer and An instruction has come directly from Mr.Jona Akim of Ministry Of Finance.
He asked us to start sending your fund install mentally $5000 per a day through western union money transfer.This type of transfer means you will be receiving $5000 every day through western union until the total of $5.7MUSD is completely transferred to you.
Today,our bank has effected your first payment of $5000 through western union. Now you have to Contact Dr.Mark Ego Olise on his contact below as he is the person in charge of your payment.
The Western union Agent is:Name:Dr. Mark Ego Olise
E: mail  [ )
Tel  +229 98838372.
Money sent Though Cornelis Zwaagstra, amount sent $5,000.00 in your name today. So contact Dr. Mark Ego Olise on above email address and tell him to give you needed information and also
for him to help you pick the $5,000.000
Reconfirm your address
(1)Your Full name:
(2)Your Phone number:
(3)Your Contact address:
(4)Your Age
Best Regards
Mr,Emeka Williams.

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