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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: "Mrs.Henriette Conte" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 27 May 2012 00:28:58 +0100

Dear Friend,

I am Dr. Ndugu George, The Auditor in charge of Foreign Remittance Department of a bank in the commercial capital city of Cotonou, Benin Republic, I have a deal worth of $10.7 million us dollar from my bank that requires me to involve a foreigner, please if you will be interested to help me out, I advise you to reply back to my confidential mail ID ( for more detail about the transaction and what next to do.

Dr. Ndugu George.
00229 98476044

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