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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: "Mr. Boni S.Ericson" <>
Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2013 13:36:14 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Good day to you

Attention dear
We have concluded the arrangement of releasing your unclaimed fund as
instructed by federal minister of finance and AU African Union, we have reached
a legal agreement with Vital finance bank to handle the transfer of your
approval fund valued $2.5million. Here is the deposit code (V011) with vital
finance which you will provide to them while contacting them today. Contact Mr.
Kevin anthony on below information Tel:+229 9858 9889 E-MAIL
for more details

contact him with your full address,
Full Name:----
Full Address:-------
Contact Phone:------

Mr. Boni S.Ericson

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