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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. James Adjei" <>
Reply-To: "Dr. James Adjei" <>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:58:50 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Good day Sir / Madam,


My name is Dr. James Adjei The branch manager of Standard Chartered Bank. I am a Benin by birth, 48yrs of age and married with three children. I have packaged a financial transaction that will benefit both of us.

As the branch manager of the bank, it is my duty to send financial reports to my head office in the capital city of Benin republic On the course of year 2011 end of the year's report, I discovered that my branch in which I am the manager, made Nine million three hundred us dollars ($9,300,000.00), of which my head office is not aware and will never be aware of it.

I have since then PLACED this fund in an ESCROW CALL ACCOUNT without a beneficiary.

As the branch manager of the bank, I cannot be directly connected to this Money thus, I am impelled to request for your assistance to receive this money into your bank account. I intend to part 30% of this fund to you while 70% shall be saved on my behalf and my information technology officer.

I do need to assure you that there is no risk involved in this Business. It is going to be a Bank-to-Bank transfer. All I need from you is to stand in as the original depositor of this fund. If you accept this offer, I will appreciate your timely response be informed that I will be sending you all the in house information's that will help in you applying for the administrative wire transfer processing procedures.

1. Your Address:..................
2. Your Phone/Fax:....................
3. Your Present Country:................

Best Regards,
Dr. James Adjei,

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