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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: Dr Mike Jame <>
Reply-To: Dr Mike Jame <>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:44:09 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: My Dear old Friend

 My Dear old Friend,

How are you and your family today?.I hope your alright. Its been long i heard from you. Well, I just want to use this medium to thank you very much for your earlier assistance to help me in receiving those Funds.

I am obliged to inform you that I have succeeded in receiving the funds with the help of a new partner from Bangladesh.

Everything was perfectly done because we strike a deal with one of the Lady accountant who works with (HSBC) bank and she rendered a tremendous help to us. My new partner initiated this idea and everything worked out successfully.

In appreciation of your earlier assistance to me in receiving the Funds,I have decided to compensate you with the sum of $850,000.00 in a ATM CARD ( Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars). This is from my own share. I did this simply to show you that it is good to do good things to the right people always.

Presently, I am in Bangladesh with my family now for investment project with my own share under the advice of my new partner. Meanwhile, I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite you latter started having a bais mind.

I will be sending you e-mail from time to time to know if you have received your share or not.

Please I will like you to accept this token with good faith as this is from the bottom of my heart, So comply with Mr Williams directives so that he will send the money to you without any delay.

Contact: Mr Williams / WTM Secretary.
Address: Cotonou, Benin Republic
Phone:+229 66006823.

So feel free to get in touch with him, He will send the ATM CARD in amount to you without any delay.

I will also like you to reconfirm your contact information as you wish to receive your money to him as I stated below to enable him send the ATM CARD to you.

5. CITY:

Your bank Information depending on your desire. In the moment, I'm very busy here in Bangladesh because of the investment project which the new partner and I are having at hand.
Take care of yourself I hope to meet you soon.

Yours Faithfully
Dr Mike Jame.
H.D.NTT Company.

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