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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: "ADEBOLAJI COLE." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 18 May 2017 10:02:56 +0100

Dear Sir/Madam,
Considering the suspicion surrounding virtual businesses in recent times, I implore you to treat this letter as consequential even though It was sent to you over the Internet. I am the immediate past director of Debt Conversion Committee; a unit responsible for managing various external debt conversion options such as debt-for-debt, debt-for-equity, debt-for-export, debt-for nature, and debt-for-development.
Have you maintained cordial banking relationship with your bankers over the years? Can I warehouse the sum of $50M in your bank account without any raise of suspicion by the authorities?. I am willing to make you an offer you can't refuse but for the sake of discretion, I will unveil details when you have indicated interest by a prompt reply.
I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.
Adebolaji Cole.

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