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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: Gipson Ben <>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:38:20 +0100
Subject: =?windows-1256?Q?HELP_INVES?= =?windows-1256?Q?T_THIS_FUN?=
=?windows-1256?Q?DS_WIESLY_?= =?windows-1256?Q?Eighteen_M?=
=?windows-1256?Q?illion_Dol?= =?windows-1256?Q?lars._$18=2C?=
=?windows-1256?Q?000.000.00?= =?windows-1256?B?Lv7+/v7+/g==?=

Good day,
I am Mr. Gipson Ben
the Director of Operations South East
Diamond Surveillance Commission. My commission is saddle with the
responsibility of Monitoring Diamond Mining against illegal Mining; conflicts
Diamonds; Diamond Rackets in the South African States The Diamond Heist of Epic Proportions. I request your
co-operation in this confidential transaction of cash money amounting
to the sum of Eighteen Million Dollars. $18,000.000.00.
I and my colleague secured this fund during the course of our duty in
the case of Six Hundred-Million Dollars Conflicts Diamond and Mining
Rackets. Our duty covers a lot of financial activities. Due to our
sensitive position and civil code of conduct which does not allow us to own
or operate a foreign bank accounts and a lot of other things, we seek
your cooperation in this deal to externalize this fund into your bank Account. our shearing ration will be 60/40
It is a strictly
bank transaction.
We will provide the necessary logistics for this project if
you are interested in this deal, Let me have your telephone number
I want to assure/guarantee you
that this deal has been structured for a hitch free and successful
transaction without risk. The fund is untraceable by any persons or
Finally, I will give you a quarter of the total sum as your
commission for your corporation. While I waits for your reply along with your
telephone number.
Yours sincerely

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