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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 Mike Adenuga" <>
Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:41:18 -0700

Hello My Good Friend,

How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family? I hope
this mail finds you in an excellent condition of health. But if you do
not remember me, you have received an email from me in the past
regarding a multi-million-dollar business proposal which we never

I am using this opportunity to inform you that this multi-million-dollar
business has been concluded with another Greek Merchant who financed
it to a logical conclusion. I thank you for you're great effort to our
unfinished transfer of fund into your account,

Due to one reason or the other best to known you at that time.

Due to the effort, sincerity, courage and trust worthiness you showed
during the course of the transaction, I want to compensate you and
show my gratitude to you with the sum of ($900,000.00) {Nine Hundred
thousand Dollars only} I have left the funds for you worth about
($900,000.00) cash able to withdraw anywhere in the world.

My dear friend I will like you to contact my secretary Mr Mark Ezekaoba
and comply with him so that he will send the funds to you without any
delay. At the moment, I 'm very busy here in Paraguay South American,
trying to invest my own share of the funds with my new partner. Please
I will like you to accept this token with good faith as this is from
the bottom of my heart.

CONTACT: Mr Mark Ezekaoba
ADDRESS: No 1 Alfred Rewane Road,Falomo Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria

EMAIL: ( )

Therefore, you should send him your full Name,A copy of your ID card if any,
telephone number and contact address for his reference and make further
arrangement with him on how you want to receive your funds.

You have to choose this three options on how to received your funds.

A). Via ATM card payment that you can use to withdraw money in any ATM machine
in any part of the world, but the maximum is Ten Thousand dollars per a day.

B) Via bank draft delivery.

C) Bank to bank wire transfer.

Thanks you in anticipation for your past efforts and God bless you.

Mr Mike Adenuga

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