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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: "Dr. George Alaibe" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2012 20:06:45 +0100
Subject: Something Good !!!

Dear Partner,
My Name is Dr. George Alaibe, Director Allocation/Foreign Transfer Dept. Keystone Bank. I am writing to you in good faith and trust for a mutual benefit. I would like you to help secure the sum of US$ 9.7million which is an over draft of an already executed contract issued to a client of us by the federal government.
The said fund is secure in an account only known by me and two other of my colleagues, as we are still serving as executives in the bank we cannot move this fund into any of our offshore account this is the reason I have contacted you for an assistance to help us secure the money to your bank. All necessary document and papers would be made available to you as soon as you indicate your interest to help facilitate the transfer of this fund.
Note: for your involvement we have agreed to part 30% of the total sum as compensation; if you are okay contact me immediately.
I look forward to your response.
Dr. George Alaibe

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