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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: "Ebako" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2012 16:32:55 +0200
Subject: Frm Ebako

Dearest one,

My name is Miss Paloma Ebako. I am writing you to request you to be my Trustee and manage my fund which I inherited from my late father the sum of (5,000,000.00USD)who was killed by his close friend. My father Mr. Justo Masaka Ebako was the Deputy director general ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy of Equatorial Guinea. My plan is to continue and complete my education in your country which was disrupted as a result of His death while you will be managing the business on my behalf while i continue my education.

Please let me know your opinion regarding this offer so that I can detail you accordingly to enable you have access to the fund and receive it in your account for investment while I continue my education under your care with hope that you will not disappoint me.
I am willing to offer you 20% of the total sum as your commission for helping me to receive the fund in a safe account. Please send your reply to my private secure email:
You can also get me also on telephone number: 00 34 602 647 947
I am waiting to hear from you.

I am waiting to hear from you and thank you in advance for your assistance.

Best regard,

Miss Regina Ebako

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