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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: Annee Colee <>
Date: Wed, 3 May 2017 22:57:08 +0100

Through Faith of God Church Isolo
Ire-Akari Estate Road, Isolo Lagos
Notification of Bequest Payment

On behalf of the trustees and executors to the Will of late Engr.Willy
Bubenik ,I have tried to reach you by mail but the letter was returned
undelivered; I now try your e-mail. I wish to notify you that you are
a beneficiary to the bequest sum of $950,000.00 [Nine Hundred And
Fifty Thousand US dollars]in the codicil and last testament of the
deceased .The late Engr.Willy Bubenik until his death was a very
dedicated Christian and a strong member of my parish, he was a great
philanthropist and this earned him an award during his life time. Late
Engr.Willy Bubenik died on 29th January 2016 at the age of 79 years.
He was buried on the 4th of May, 2016 and his will is now in

Late Engr.Willy Bubenik even though he was an American living and
working here as a foreigner,he requested before his death, that he
should be buried here. In his words 'I regard here as my home and the
people as my people.He said that this token is to support your
Christian activities and help the less privileged. Forward your
current telephone and fax numbers and your Mailing address to enable
the Attorney Executing the will contact you and file necessary
documents at our high court probate division for the release of the
funds.Kindly Contact my Private email address for more details

Yours in His service
Pastor Obinna Eke

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