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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: Akins Owohs <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2016 10:02:41 +0100
Subject: I need your kind attention

Dear friend,
I am contacting for a business relationship and I will be glad if you would contact me on my private e-mail: so that I will conveniently relay to you more details about my proposal. I am a banker by profession and there is a business opportunity that comes my way and you seem to be in a better position to fashion this business with me.

My private telephone number is: Tel: +229-666-508-00

I will be available to communicate with you as soon as you can get in contact with me at your convenient, also endeavor to include your handy/cell phone number on your email then I could comfortably call you so that we would be able to talk at length.

I look forward to hear from you soon.

Yours sincerely

Mr. Akins Owohs

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