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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:

Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2011 06:11:19 +0800 (SGT)

Hello Dear Beneficiary,
Before I commence I will like to explain myself to you, my name is Rev Dr Favour Okeke the new director officer of Eco bank Benin Republic Plc West African, my dear, I want to use this opportunity to inform you that I am now the director and it have not been a month now, so I went through the scheme of work of this honourable bank and find out that your name and your fund valued $2.5 million dollars was here for six months.
So it amaze me so much and then I went to the office of IMF office Benin and reported this to them to know what is their aim and they told me that bank former director Rev John Chukwuemeka was the one that curse all this he collect money for peoples and then refuse to wired their fund to them, so my dear the Lord I serve will not allow such to happen here in my seat, so I hereby to declear to you now to get us your full information so that your fund will be wired into your account immediately without wasting time, I do not like betraying people and no one will do such to me. And i want you to understand that you will send our transfer fee of $85 usd with this information bellow through Western union or MoneyGram with this name.
Reciever's name..............SAM CHIKA
Country......................Benin Republic.
Text Question...................Honest?
Amount..............$85 usd.
Mtcn no................
sender's name................
This is what we needed from you now so that your fund will be wired through this bank immediately, email address;( And you can call me +22999035386.Please make sure that you send your information complete so that there will be no mistake in transferring your total fund.
Your account number========
Name of bank===========
Bank address============
Bank user name==========
Routing number==========
Home address============
Copy of id==============
Your phone number==========
Your occupation ============
Once you forward this to this bank I assure you that you are to receive your fund with 74hrs ok, if your are able to call me am free call this line +22999035386,Thanks and remain bless, my regards to your family.
Rev Dr Favour Okeke
CALL +22999035386
Eco bank director general

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