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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: "Ecowas Donations 2012" <>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2012 19:18:45 -1100
Subject: Dear Beneficiary!!!

Ecowas Donations 2012
101 Yakubu Gowon Cresent
Asokoro District P.M.B. 401
Abuja, Nigeria.
Tel: +2348089287306

This is to inform you that your E-MAIL ADDRESS have won you a prize money of
One Million United State Dollars,($1,000,000.00)from this year 2012 Lottery
promotion which is organized by ECOWAS DONATIONS BOARD.

ECOWAS DONATIONS 2012, collects all the email addresses of the people that
are active online,among the millions that subscribed to the Internet.we only
select five people every New Year as our winners through electronic balloting
System without the winner applying,we congratulate you for being one of the
people selected.

You are to contact the events manager on or before your date of Claim,
Winners Shall be paid in accordance with his/her Donations Prize must
claimed not later than 10 days from date of Draw Notification after the Draw
date in which Prize has won. Any prize not claimed within this period will be

These are your identification numbers:
Batch number.....................ECW 09102XN
Reff number.......................ECW35447XN
Winning number...................ECW09788

These numbers fall within your Location file,you are requested to contact the
events manager/Claims Department,send your winning identification numbers and
the information below to him,to enable him

verify your claims.
Full Name:
Full Contact Address:
Phone Number:

Name:Aminu Musa

Thank you and Accept my hearty congratulations once again!
Yours faithfully,
Mrs.Florence Nima
(Ecowas Donations Games/Lottery Coordinator).

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