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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: "Mrs Helen George" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 02:18:32 +0100
Subject: CONTACT: Dr. Norbert R. Domansky FOR YOUR BANK DRAFT OF $5.2 MILLIONS

Dear Friend

How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family?, You may
not understand why this mail came to you.But if you do not remember
me, you might have receive an email from me in the past regarding a
multi-million-dollar business proposal which we never concluded.

I am using this opportunity to inform you that this
multi-million-dollar business has been concluded with the assistance
of another partner from India who financed the transaction to a
logical conclusion. I thank you for your great effort to our
unfinished transfer of fund into your account due to one reason or the
other best known to you.

But I want to inform you that I have successfully transferred the fund
out of my bank to my new partner's account in India that was capable
of assisting me in this great venture.Due to your
effort,sincerity,courage and trust worthiness You showed during the
course of the transaction.I want to compensate you and show my
gratitude to you with the sum of US$5,200,000.00. I have left an Bank
Draftfor you worth of US$5,200,000.00 cash able anywhere in the world.

My dear friend I will like you to contact my Account Officer Dr.
Norbert R.Domansky on his direct email address at:[ ]
the collection of your Bank Draft.

I authorized him to release the Bank Draft to you whenever you contact
him regarding for it. At the moment,I'm very busy here because of the
investment projects, which I and the new partner are having at hand.

Please I will like you to accept this token with good faith as this is
from the bottom of my heart,Also comply with Norbert's directives so
that he will send the draft to you without any delay.

CONTACT: Dr. Norbert R.Domansky
Account Officer, Cotonou,
Benin Republic,
His email address:[ ]

Therefore, you should send him directly your full information as stated below:

1.Your full Name
2.Your correct mailing address
3.Mobile Phone

Hoping to hear from you.

Thanks & Best Regards,
Mrs.Hellen George
Have a nice day

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