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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: "Barrister Tony Bamikole" <>
Date: Sun, 10 Apr 2016 01:20:01 +0300
Subject: From Barrister Tony Bamikole

>From Barrister Tony Bamikole

Please Let all your correspondence be on my personal email below.

Good day,

My name are Barrister Tony Bamikole the attorney to the formal (CSO) chief
security officer to past president of Nigeria president Good luck Ebele
Jonathan who just hand over to the new president of Nigeria,Due to the
ongoing investigation and the promise of the new president to the world
and the president of the United States of America to retrieve every funds
that last government officer has been looted out of the country through
their foreign account.

In view of this, he directed me as his personal attorney to assist him
look for any foreign investor to manage the money that is deposited in a
financial institution, this funds was deposited in an open
beneficiary for security reasons, in which i will send you a power of
attorney and some other relevant documents as the attorney which will help
you contact the financial institution on how the funds will be transfer
to you without any problem.

below is the link in case you want to verified

Please if you are interested kindly get back to me immediately so we can
give you more detail how you can get this fund secure.

I will be waiting to hear from you,

Kindly send me below information if you are interested


As soon as i get this from you this will allow me call you and discuss
with you immediately as soon as I receive your reply.

I will like you to keep this business deal confidential until this
business is complete.

Yours Sincerelly

>From Barr. Tony Bamikole

Please Let all your correspondence be on my personal email below.

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