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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: "Mr Roland Ben." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:46:27 +0100
Subject: Dear Friend.

Dear Friend.

We has finalize all the necessary arrangement and your fund 4.5 Milion usd has been approve by the border directors of Eco Bank, you will be receiving $5,000 .00 per day. our attorney will go to the inland revenue tax office to obtain a letter of administration tax clearance approval on your behalf from high Court.

Get back to us with this needed information as soon as you receive this massage.

Your name___
Your country__
Your address___
You’re Age/sex__
Your occupation
Direct phone number__
Your home phone number__

Please try to contact us today for the MTCN information to you, indicate the registration code of EB-2520 to him, when contacting or calling us, we will be sending you $5,000 daily as per my discussion with the Eco Bank. Do get in touch with me once you receive this mail. But be it in mind you will pay small amount for the pin code but i don,t know the amount yet.

Phone +22965133376/+2347064258303
Mr Roland Ben.

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