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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. Alex Dozie" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:10:59 -1200
Subject: Re:Can You Be Honest With My Secretary????

Dear Friend ,
Compliments of the day. I decided to contact you after I received a
worthy information about your reliability and honesty. Hence I confide
in you and your family.

This is good news to you and me, it is a testimony to me that last
three months i have a transaction with about seven different
persons,four of them were from united state of America, and three of
the were from England, all of them try very well but it failed us some
how, after then i later contact a new partner from Paraguay and get
those funds worth five million five hundred thousand USD($5.5mUSD)
transferred,so now i have lost the contact of those people and i have
make agreement and swore with God that after this business i must
compensate any body i wish to, since i have lost those people
contact,so feel free and get in touch with my secretary and instruct
him where to send the amount to you.

I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds
transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from Paraguay.
Presently I'm in Paraguay for investment projects with my own share of
the total sum.

Now contact my secretary,his name is MR Kayade Bola on
( Or call him with this phone number +234 8068728242

ask him to send you the total $1.5,000.000.00 international bank draft written by your
name which i agree and swore with my God that i will kept for your
compensation for all the past efforts and attempts those people try
to assist me in this matter. I appreciated their efforts at that time
very much. so feel free and get in touch with my secretary and instruct
him where to send the amount to you.

Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share
the joy after all the difficulty at that time. In the moment, i am
very busy here because of the investment projects which me and the new
partner are having at hand, finally, remember that I had forwarded
instruction to the secretary on your behalf to receive that money, so
feel free to get in touch with MR Kayade Bola, he will send the amount
to you without any delay.Do not forget to use some money inside to
give thanks giving to ALMIGHTY GOD IN ANY OF YOUR
secretary email address (

with best regards,

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