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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: Eddy Bezler <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2012 08:35:14 -0800

Dear Friend;

My name is Dr. Eddy Bezler, A banker by Profession and Currently A
Director of Finance Auditing and Accounting Unit in my Bank, Which the name
will giving to you as soon as you respond for security reason. I get your
email address in my search for a reputable and reliable person to help me
claim the sum of USD$15.6 MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS, Deposited in our
Bank by one of our customer Eng. Mueller who die with his wife and two
children on the 21Th day of April 2001 in car clash along Aflao express

Since his death no one has come up as his next of kin and all our efforts
to locate any member of his family immediate family has prove Abortive that
was why I decided to see if I can get anybody who has the same surname or
last name with him via Internet preferably some one of the same nationality
with him which I believe you have all the qualities we need.

Why i am contacting you is to present you to our bank as the next of Kin to
the deceased customer. He was Drilling contractor with some Oil Companies
here in west Africa. So it will be more acceptable and wiser to present you
through paper work to the Bank for claim of the total fund.

I will give you all the necessary requirements that the bank may request
from you and follow up the transfer of the fund into your account as an
Insider. It will interest you to know that I and my partners has been
keeping the account dormant to enable our plans for the funds to come
through and this is the time and we are happy to locate you for the
perfection of the transfer of the Fund into your nominated Bank Account to
be given.

As soon as I get your positive response I will update you about the mode of
disbursement and we will also need to know about investing in your Country
as a way of helping your people who suppose are the original owner's of
this Fund, I suggest you get back to me as soon as possible via email or
phone call stating your wish in this deal.

Looking forward to your urgent response by updating me with direct
telephone number for easy communication.

Yours Specially
Dr. Eddy Bezler
Tel: +233-273290792

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