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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. CHIKA ATELI" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 19:38:54 -0800
Subject: Thanks for Your Effort.

Dear Friend,
This is to thank you for your effort. I understand that your hands were tied. Not to worry. I have succeeded, the money has been transferred into
the account provided by a newly found friend of mine in Japan, I want to compensate you for your past assistance and commitments, I have dropped an
International Certified Bank Draft of $650,000.00.cashable draft for your investments in life-settlement.
I am in Japan with my family presently. I do intend to establish some business concerns here, and possibly buy some properties. Now Contact my
personal assistant Mr. Olise Emeka on his email: Forward your mailing address/phone number to him,
then ask him to send the draft to you. the only fee you will be required to pay is official stamp duty fee $105. Take good care of your self.
Contact my secretary:

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