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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. Benjamin Apeah" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 06:00:45 -0500
Subject: Dear prospective partner,

Dear prospective partner,

I am writing to you in respect of an embattled friend of mine, Mr. Bo Xilai. My name is Benjamin Apeah I am a former top management executive with the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China London branch. The bank website is I am currently an in Estonia with one of the notable consultant firm . When I was working with the Industrial & Commercial bank of China (London) Limited, I assisted Mr. Bo Xilai (former President of China) in handling most of his banking transactions. Because of my due diligence and honesty in handling his banking transactions, he made me his Accounts Officer and both of us became close friends.

My friend, Mr. Bo Xilai is in a difficult situation with the Chinese government and he has presented a subtle offer to me which requires the help of a financially credible partner. He wants the sum of $60million currently in a fixed-term deposit he wants it to be retrieved immediately for investment placement. More so, the retrieval must be made in such a way that it must not be linked to him. The fund was deposited in the name of
an existing legal entity.

Your role will be:

{1} To retrieve the funds as the beneficiary.
{2} To receive the funds into a business or private bank account.
{3} To invest and Manage the funds outside China.
{4} To invest the funds in a long term profit oriented venture (5-10% ROI/PA)
{5} To invest the funds in either of the following areas: Health, Real Estate, Hotel, Oil Sector, Construction or any other area of lucrative investment interest.

The transaction will be executed with legal documents that will grant you the beneficiary status of the funds. If you are interested, express your interest by responding to this mail. Upon my receipt of your mail, I shall send you a "Consultant Non Disclosure Agreement" for you to go through and decide whether the terms and conditions stated therein are acceptable to you so you can decide whether to proceed or not.

If you want to know more about Mr. Bo Xilai's current profiles, please visit these sites:

I look forward to receiving your earliest reply. Please, if for any reason you are not in a position to assist, kindly disregard this mail.

Yours Sincerely,
Mr. Benjamin Apeah
Telephone: + 37257124490

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