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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Pst.Godwin Ebere" <>
Date: Wed, 9 Jan 2013 16:25:54 +0800 (CST)
Subject: Ref:Of Your Bank Draft.

Attention Please,
I was directed by my boss to send you a cashier's Draft of $950.000.00 (Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) as a remunerate for trying to help him on a business in the past. Be informed that the draft will be sent from Cotonou in Republic Du Benin as it is here with me. My question is this, for us to move forward, will you like to come down here and take it yourself or do you want me to mail it to you via international courier express service? However I will advice you came and collect it yourself but if you can not make it that means I will be sending it to you via express courier service as that is the only safer means to post out things from my country meanwhile be informed that you have to take care of the courier shipping charges as my boss did not give the money for that.
If you are choosing the courier company to ship your draft to you then you are required to resend the address where you will want the draft to be sent to. Your telephone, mobile or office number is also needed to be reconfirmed for easy communications, I will appreciate any good direct number that I can use to reach you faster, and as soon as your information’s are received I will go to three worldwide reconganised Courier Company (FEDEX,DHL AND UPS) to enquirer for what it will cost you for them to deliver your parcel to you without any delay and as soon as every thing have been taking care of and they ship out and give me the tracking number I will send it to you immediately to enable you track it and know it's present status until it's arrival in your country OK. Kindly call me on my private number below on receipt of this mail so that we can talk better OK. Call me right now on +229 99834580.
I look forward to read from you ASAP.
Thanks and God bless.
Best Regards,
Pst.Godwin Ebere
Call me: +229 99834580

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