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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: dennis make <>
Reply-To: dennis make <>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 18:34:05 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention:

I hereby acknowledge the receipt of your message for your outstanding online banking payment, We write to inform you that your fund $4.800,000.00 ( Four Million Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) only was dump aside in Diamond Bank Benin Republic (DBB) PLC in your name as the beneficiary.
Reference to the information received from Ministry of Finance Benin Republic, you are required to carefully REGISTER to diamond Bank online account opening registration and after your registration agree and submit to Diamond Bank for set up your online bank account.
You are therefore advised to adhere diligently to the instructions and directives so as facilitate your online account opening processes in order that you shall be able to access your online account and also for transfer to any Country, bank and account of your choice, see Diamond Banking website copy it pest on Mozilla Firefox window and register your transaction to diamond banking online to enable you transfer your funds $4.8million.
this is diamond website to register your online banking transaction=
Once again i apologize for the delay, i promise we will strive to make it up to you.
Best Regards,
Dr. Chioma James
New Director Diamond Bank Benin Republic West Africa.
+229 99172212

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