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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.Kevin Achimota" <"kevin.">
Reply-To: "Mr.Kevin Achimota" <>
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 21:44:38 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Can I Trust You ??.

Dear Friend,
Good day to you.

With due respect, i apologize you for this sudden message, it was due to the urgency of this transaction made me to seek for your immediate assistance. I hope that you will not expose or betray this trust.

I am Mr.Kevin Achimota, a banker with position of the Interim Manager with (BANK OF AGRICULTURE- BOA) I want to invite you to handle this business because i will be going on retirement soon Please there is an abandoned sum of (€18.600.000.00 Euros ) i want to transfer to a foreign account before i step down from this position by the end of this October 2017.

Would you be interested to assist me with any account to received this amount without delay?. The mode of sharing will be 50/50, let me know your willingness for more details.

Kindly send me your information as stated bellow :

1. Your Full Name:__________________
2. Address:_____________________
3. Country:_____________________
4. City:_____________________
5. Age :________________________
6. Tel:_____________________
7. Occupation _____________________

I am waiting for your reply as soon as possible through here>>
for more details.

Have a nice day.

Mr.Kevin Achimota
The Interim Manager
contact +229 688 113 95

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