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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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Fraud email example:

From: Richard Winfred <>
Reply-To: Richard Winfred <>
Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2011 23:14:33 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: Re:From Desk Of Mr.Richard Winfred.

Re:From Desk Of Mr.Richard Winfred.
Branch Manager
International Commercial Bank
Cotonou Benin

Dear Please

I know this my letter will come to you as a surprise, Before I continue, I wish to introduce my self to you. I am Mr.Richard Winfred.

I am from Cotonou Benin West Africa. At present, I am the branch manager of International Commercial bank, Cotonou branch Benin.

I write to solicit your permission , If you will sincerely and  honestly accommodate the sum of USD$13,520,000.00(Thirteen million five  Hundred and twenty thousand United States Dollars) Only. 

This fund came as a result of my investigation and auditing in this bank, my department came across a very huge sum of money belonging to  one Deceased Hamid Khushal , Who die with all his family, On the 31st  of Oct 1999, in Egyptair flight 990 which crashed into Atlantic Ocean and 217 people who died when Egypt Air 990 plunged into vacation made  up most of the passenger list. passengers and crew aboard the ill-fated  Egypt Air flight.

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This money has been dormant floating in our ledger with this bank  without any claim of the fund in our custody either from his family or  relation because he did not indicate any next of kin to this account in  cases of death before their death,

As a matter of fact, since I am the manager of this branch (Cotonou) I seek you kindly forward to me your telephone and your full bank  particulars,(Address) To enable me create an account file in your favor  to transfer this fund into your oversea account for disbursement as follows,

You we be entitle for 40% for your assistant, 60% will be kept in your  account pending my arrival with my wife in your country for her breast  cancer operation, i will not fail to intimate you that due to our poor  salary here, i could not be able to carryout my wife breast cancer  operations which cost a lot of money and with this, if you could assist  me and on this transaction, she will then carryout her breast cancer  operation in order to save her life, for this reason, i have taking 
this action.

Please be informed that this transaction is 100% risk free and i am  going to monitor all paper works from table to table until the transfer is effected into your overseas account.

I am waiting for your favorable reply if you will be interesting and  willing to assist me to champion this transaction.

Yours faithfully.

Mr.Richard Winfred.
Branch Manager 
International Commercial Bank.

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