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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: Eco bank director general <>
Reply-To: Eco bank director general <>
Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2015 19:31:18 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attn Dear Customer.,

Attn Dear Customer., 

Before I commence I will like to explain myself to you, my name is Dr.Ronand Manclaw the new director officer of Eco bank Benin Republic Plc West Africa, my dear, I want to use this opportunity to inform you that I am now the director and it have not been a month now, so I went through the scheme of work of this honourable bank and find our that your name and your fund valued $7.8 million dollars was here for six months. 

So it amaze me so much and then I went to the office of IMF office Benin and reported this to them to know what is their aim and they told me that bank former director Favour Okeke was the one that curse all this he collect money for peoples and then refuse to wired their fund to them, so my dear the Lord I serve will not allow such to happen here in my seat, so I hereby to declare to you now to get us your full information so that your fund will be wired into your account immediately ok without wasting time, I do not like betraying people and no one will do such to me. Below are our contact information

Your are free to call us +229 98570471
This is what we needed from you now so that your fund will be wired through this bank immediately, 

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Your account number_____ 
Name of bank_____ 
Bank address_____ 
Bank user name_____
Routing number_____
Home address_____
Copy of id_____ 
Your phone number_____ 
Your occupation_____

Dr.Ronand Manclaw ; Manager
Eco bank plc Benin Republic.
Tel Fax Phone +229 61318630

Once you forward this to this bank, I assure you that you are to receive your fund within 74hrs ok,
Thanks and remain bless, my regards to your family. 

Dr.Ronand Manclaw 
Eco bank director general 

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