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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: "Anthony Gibson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2016 09:19:46 +0100
Subject: I will appreciate your timely response.


I got your contact email address through a personal search and decided to let you know about this packaged financial transaction that will benefit us. I am Mr Anthony Gibson, the Auditing Manager of the Zenith Bank.
On the course of the 2015 end of the year’s report, I discovered that my branch in which I am the manager made Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars(US$10,500.000.00 ) of which my head Office is not aware of and will never be aware of, I have also PLACED this fund on ESCROW CALL ACCOUNT without a beneficiary.

As the manager in the bank, I cannot be directly connected to this money thus I am compelled to request for your assistance to receive this money into your bank account. I will compensate you with 40% as gratification while 50% will be for me and 10% will be set aside for any expenses. Please If you accept my offer, kindly contact me on my private email contact for more details.

In course of this transaction, there are practically no risk involve because It will be a bank-to-bank transfer.

I will appreciate your timely response.

With Regards,

Mr.Anthony Gibson.

NOTE: Please if however, you are not disposed to assist, kindly delete this email in view of the confidentiality and let me know as soon as possible to enable me look for Capable one.


MR.Anthony Gibson

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