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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. Mohammed Adbdul" <>
Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2012 11:50:13 +0100 (BST)
Subject: FINAL TRANSFER DATE: 14/09/2012

Address: 345 N Tryon St #220  Charlotte, NC 28202
Tele: +1(206)-337-9885

Fax: +1(206)-338-0074

Attention Please.

This is a
officially inform you that your inheritance fund which have been delayed by
individuals officials to transfer the sum of $1.300,000.00 million in your account has finally been approved to
transfer by the bank of america and the bank board of directors. Our bank has
made today been 14/09/2012 as the final transfer day, if you dont have
account with our correspounding bank or you have, that means you have to send this fee $43
today so that we can get your transfer done this morning.
Since you dont have bank
account with the bank of america in your country or state or you have, you have to forward
your Bank account details & home address direct,  telephone numbers &
pay the require fee of $43 for the transfer charges and to open a non resident account by frist
thing this morning, so please try all you can and comply today so that by
first thing this morning, your fund will reflect into your account without
any further delay again.
 This service is mandatory that you will send
the service fee  in any way you choses using the below information via western
union or money gram only with the below information . 
Recivers name---- Kelvin O. Omokwe
Receivers Address: C/35
Akapakpa Centra, Cotonou Benin RepublicDestination country --- Benin
City and state -- Cotonou
Zip code --- +229
For the urgent payment, you 
have to kindly contact me back so that we can proceed  and know your choice,
forward us all your details in any way you want to receive your fund.  Please
make sure you email me back to my private emails:

May Almight Allah Bless you.
Waiting to hear from you soon.
Best Regards.
Dr. Mohammed Adbdul

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