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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. David Douglas" <"www.">
Reply-To: "Mr. David Douglas" <>
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2017 22:39:53 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Hello Dear!!!

Hello Dear!!!

Please this is to inform you regarding your fund sum of ($2.8M Dollars) which was your inheritance fund we have tried all our possible means to contact you because your name and email were stated on the manifest list been submitted by the World Bank financial agency.

But all contacts been made is to no avail and now we want to know if you are still alive, if yes, then it is my honor to inform you that we are ready to finalize this assignment via delivery once and for all, note, our official arrangement is to arrange your total fund ($2.8M Dollars in ATM VISA CARD and
deliver it to you via our professional diplomatic bank official in respect of Mr. Tony Elumelu, as simplest and fastest way to receive your fund,

If you will agreed and follow the official instructions mandated before the delivery of your ATM card, and pay the required 2 documents that are needed the documents are (fund ownership certificate and anti money-laundering certificate) cost $105.00 only. According to the legal cost results of the document
obtaining, the reason why the documents is required is to secure your package for safety delivery to avoid any harassment, stopping, or delay from the authority, so make your contact to Mr. Tony Elumelu , and ask him where you can send the fees,

Note, my reason for contacting you through your e-mail is to know your opinion and the appointed time you wish to receive your ATM VISA CARD, also to avoid our Agent wondering around upon his arrival to your country, and also be informed that you are required to reconfirm your full details as bellow for your delivery,

Your Full Name:…….
Your Country:………
Your Residence Home Address:.........
A Copy of You Identification:.........
Your Direct Phone: ..................
Your Cell:......................... .
Age/Sex;...................... ......

Contact the diplomatic agent with the email below and the information's required.
Diplomatic Name: Mr. Tony Elumelu

Yours sincerely,
Mr. David Douglas
Secretary of Zenith Bank plc

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