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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: Dimeji Bankole <>
Reply-To: Dimeji Bankole <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2012 07:56:03 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Compliments


Good morning. How are you doing today? I am very aware that you do not know me but that I know really doesn't matter because my reason of contacting you is for our great achievement in life and all I need is your compliance and you will truly be so happy at the end.

My motive of contacting is very simple, I am a former member of House of Rep in Nigeria, the immediate past House and after all our legal years in the office, I was able to safe-guard a total sum of $7.5million which I want you to invest in your country and manage the total proceeds as I will be please if these funds can be use in Estate Housing project by providing cheaper house to the public.

On your reply, I will tell you more in this transaction, all that you need to do too. I will like you to reply me with your full contact details including your mobile phone or a phone that I will get direct to you.

Yours Sincerely
Hon. D. Bankole {Fmr. Spk. HOR.}

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