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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: "Rve Ikem James." <>
Date: Tue, 8 Nov 2011 14:38:57 +0800 (SGT)

Ref: Attention: Dear Customer.

Honestly I am just disappointed at your behavior because you know that I am man of God and cannot deceive you. Just pay the $45 and leave me and my God because God is watching me if I am telling you lies. I know it is because of your past experience that make you not to believe me but I told you before my God who is my witness that I cannot deceive you because my bible says what shall it profit a man to gain material things and loose your soul. I told you earlier just drop your old experience and follow my instruction as a man of God and you will know what it means to follow somebody that fear God.

I swear that. if I fail to deliver you ATM CARD within 48hours after you send the $45 just stop responding to my email and consider me as scammer okay I promise, I cannot fail you, I promise you. don't fear as soon as you sent the $45 today please leave the rest for me and see if I am lie to you or not because I can not use my life swear because of $45

How can I swear against my life because of this small amount, but is to show you that I am telling you the truth. so please try to understand me this $45 is big amount but is too small for the amount you have to receive within 48hours okay.

Here is the information to use send the money so that we will complete the matter once and for all. $45 only no more payment I swear to God and your ATM CARD will leave immediately i receive payment here okay. I here by giving you 100%Assurance that your ATM CARD is valid and you can start using it once the card is arrive.This is to tell you that the arrangement to deliver to you the $4.5 Million Dollars in your ATM CARD is concluded today.

Here is the information’s to make the payment through western union money transfer below:

Receive Name:::::::::::::::Mr.Okechukwu Chibike.
Country ::::::::::::::: Benin Republic
City :::::::::::::::Cotonou.
Text Question::::::;; Believe
Answer::::::::::::: My Word
Senders Name :::::::::::::::?
Mtcn NUMBER:::::::::::::::?

I am looking forward to hear from you right now and know what is holding you not to make the payment as you said because I hate any thing promise and fail please if you still need your ATM CARD I advise you to send the money immediately before you get back to me with payment information’s.

It is my pleasure to inform you that ATM Card Number; 8236968976456369 have been approved in your favor. Your Personal Identification Number is us with Email address: ( or call me at (+229-66-28-93-30) If you have any Question, I am waiting to hear from you once again with good news as you can see that i am very happy now.

God bless you.

Rve Ikem James.

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