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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 John Akuego" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 31 May 2012 10:51:50 -0700
Subject: COMPENSATION!!!!!!


i'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from

london. Presently i'm in london for investment projects with my own share of the total USD$7,960.00, meanwhile,i didn't

forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how.

Now contact my secretary in Benin his name is Mr Boni Young on telephone number +229 66 485-244 or his E-mail address( )Ask him to send you the total of $800.000.00 which i kept for your compensation for all the past efforts

and attempts to assist me in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much. so feel free and get in touched

with my secretary Mr Boni Young and instruct him where to send the amount to you.

TEL: +229 68 221 130

Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the sufferness at that time. in the

moment, I'm very busy here because of the investment projects which me and the new partner are having at hand, finally,

remember that I had forwarded instruction to the secretary on your behalf to receive that money, so feel free to get in touch

with Boni Young.

He will send the amount to you without any delay.And too i want show you it is real.Feel free to contact me with back as

soon as you have got your USD$800,000.00

Barrister John Akuego

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