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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: Johnson Comfort <>
Reply-To: Johnson Comfort <>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:13:17 +0000 (UTC)

Eco Bank BeninKumasiBranch'Contonu-BeninRev Joseph.N LawrenceManager Director of International Eco Bank Beninwww.ecobankplc@ymail.comTell:+229 68041452 ATTENTION DEAR We acknowledge the receipt of your mail, This fund$10.5Millon Dollars have been sign and Approval By President Republic of Benin,in conjunction with the Federal Executive Council (FEC), The Senate Committeeon Foreign Debts Reconciliation and Implementation Panel. You have nothing toworry about in this fund. you are only Advise to response to this mail withyour Bank details below to enable us release your fund into your Bank accountdirect in your country. You are required to fill this Eco Bank Deposit Slipcorrectly to avoid transferring your fund to wrong Bank account, Below are theinformation needed to enable us proceed on your transfer today.  Account Name ….Account Number ….Bank Name .......Rooting Number...Phone Number … Date Of Birth …Occupation……Address……….ID TypeInt’l Passport (2) Driver License (3) National ID Contact Person Rev Joseph N LawrenceEmail ... www.ecobankplc@ymail.comTell:  +229 68041452Manager Director of International Eco Bank Benin You are also Advise to make your Kindly choose from this twomodes of payment (Bank to Bank wire Transfer and ATM card). Very best regards,Mrs John Comfort

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