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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: Thu, 3 Nov 2011 23:02:06 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: Your Payment of $2.5 Million From Eco Bank

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 Honorable 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 declare 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 Money Gram 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 +22996059839,Thanks and remain bless, my regards to your family.

Rev Dr Favour Okeke

CALL +22996059839

Eco bank director general

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