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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: "Nic Momt Kabb" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 03:22:53 +0100

My Dear Good Friend
You might find it so difficult to remember me. Though, it is indeed a long time. On my singular, I am much delighted and privileged to contact you again after couple of years now. It takes fate, courage andmerciful heart to remember old friends and at the same time to show gratification to them, despite circumstances that made things not worked out as we projected then.
I take this liberty to inform you that the transaction which I consulted you for assistance finally worked out by God infinite mercy through a new partner from Canada. As a result of that I decided to contact you just to let you know that I have succeeded in moving the fund out to overseas successfully and I am now presently in Northern Canada for numerous business negotiations and establishment.
Obviously I want to inform you that with my sincere heart, I have raised and signed an International Cashier's Bank Draft, to the Sum of $1.2million Dollars, (One Million Two Hundred Thousand Dollars) only in your name as Compensation to your dedication, humanity and contribution, as it were. Just to assist you to support your business and also to use some part of the money to help the less privileges and poor people around you as you wish.
Contact Rev. Sister Lily Tanha (Chief Accountant Bank of AfricaDu Benin Republic) on her E-mail: ( ( Call or SMS to her direct mobile number +229-67583038.
You are to forward to her the following;
He will advise you further about the shipment of the ICBD to your Residence Address or via Wire transfer, feel free to reach her via e-mail address: (
Please do not take this message as unusual Emails you receive every day, this is a legitimate offer for you.
Sincerely Yours
Mr Momtaz Kabbout

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