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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: Patrick Mbote <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 08:58:54 +0000
Subject: Respond Urgently/Call Me

Compliment of the day,

In other to transfer to overseas a huge sum of amount to your country from Universal Bank of Commerce Benin Cotonou, Benin Republic.

No one know of this and i decided to convert it to be a personal deal between me and you. I know you do not know me as we have never meet before and it might sound strange but if you can handle this, what I want you to do is:

(1). stand as the Beneficiary to claim the funds.
(2). Receive the funds into your business or private bank account.( An empty account can be Ok)

If my offer is of no appeal to you delete it and forget I ever contacted you, if not get back to me on or +229 97 55 94 03.

Awaiting your reply,

Patrick Mbote (Mr)
Tel: +229 97 55 94 03

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