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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: Daivd kelly <>
Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2013 03:36:11 +0800 (CST)
Subject: Attention please,


is to inform you that it has come to our knowledge that your fund which is
suppose to be long transfered into your account had been pending here in West
Africa due to reasons which cannot be specifically extablished.Owing to the just
concluded congress meeting held by Central Bank of West Africa States Governors
here which was hosted in my country, we have been authorised in conjuction with
the World Bank to finalise the remittance of your fund into your account which
has been pending all these while.

we are contacting you to have a recomfirmation from you as we saw your name and
contact in the list of those that their fund has been pending and we are
contacting you for your recomfirmation. call us for further information Your
response and corporation will be kindly needed to enable us get this

Dir. Inter. Remittance dept.,
West Africa central Bank- Benin
Tel: 00229 95074209.

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