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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. Bello Usman" <>
Reply-To: "Dr. Bello Usman" <>
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2015 19:47:07 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Your Compensation...................

 Hello My Dear Beloved  Friend

I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the co operation of a new business partner from Paraguay. Presently I'm in Paraguay for treatment and investment but meanwhile, I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in  transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how and I have left your compensation fund in a VISA ATM Card with my Secretary in Benin Republic. Now contact my secretary in Benin his name is Mr Kenneth Ibe, Email:  Call +229 68456078 Ask him to send you the VISA  ATM Card containing the total of 800.000.00 Euro which I kept for your compensation for all your past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter.

I appreciated your efforts at that time very much. so feel free and get in touch with my secretary Mr Kenneth Ibe and instruct him where to send the VISA ATM Card containing the total of 800.000.00 Euro to you without any delay, Remember that I had forwarded instruction to Him on your behalf.

My Best Regards,

Dr. Bello Usman, C.E.O
Writing from Paraguay.

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