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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: Barrister Fidelis Okafor <>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2012 07:02:45 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Congratulation

 Dear Friend,
How are you today? Please accept my apology for not contacting you earlier before now due to my tight schedules.I am writing in regards to multi-million-dollar business proposal which we never concluded. I am using this opportunity to inform you that the business has been concluded with another person who financed it to a logical conclusion.
Thanks for your great effort to our unfinished transfer of fund into your account due to some financial reason. But I want to inform you that I have successfully transferred the fund out of the Bank to my new partner account in China who assisted me in this great venture.However, Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trustworthiness you showed during the course of the transaction I want to show my gratitude to you with the sum of $1,000.000.00 . Be inform that I have left a Signed International Certified Bank Draft with my Sectary for you. This Bank Draft Values $1,000.000 able in any approved International Bank in the world.
As at the time I was leaving Nigeria she was the only one I could trust with that kind of money, she is a very simple and understanding Lady. I will like you to contact my sectary Miss.Mary Rose , for immediate delivery of this Bank Draft because I have authorized her to send it to you as soon as you contact her. At the moment, I am very busy here in China for investment with my new partner. Please I will like you to accept this little token with good faith as this is from the bottom of my heart. Also comply with Miss.Mary Rose to enable her send you the Bank Draft without any delay,
Contact my sectary with below details----
Name: Miss.Mary Rose
Address: No 4 Ikeja drive dolphins Lagos-Nigeria
Email (
Do not forget to send her your Name and your Delivery address in full including your Phone numbers for successful delivery. Thanks and God bless you and your family, hope to hear from you again.
Yours Sincerely,
Barriater Fidelis okafor

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