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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: David Okoh <"www.">
Reply-To: David Okoh <>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2017 00:05:55 +0900 (JST)
Subject: GOOD DAY

I am directed to inform you that the reason for your inability to receive your inheritance fund was due to some misconduct from some Officials that were directed to handle your payment, based on this very problem the Governor of the Central bank Du Benin has directed that your inheritance fund has to be release to you through the confirmed bankers bank of in West Africa Region named bank Of Africa, this is to avoid recurrences of your previous encounter for over the non payment of your inheritance money.
Based on the authority conferred to me as the Director of Foreign operation, I wish to let you know that we have programed two option for the release of your long awaited fund without further delay, stated below are the three options which you are requested to chose to enable us commence on the release of your inheritance fund amounted to $2.5 Million as soon as possible.

1.Your money can be paid to you via the bank of Africa Online banking system
2, your inheritance fund can be as well dislodge from the bank and use Accredited Diplomatic attache to deliver the fund to your doorstep in your Country.
3, your inheritance can be rimmet into ATM MASTER CARD and send to your address through a diplomatic means

Note, These three stated ideas is made to enable all foreign contractor and other Beneficiaries to receive their money without hindrance or delay, you are therefore requested to chose on the better way you prefer to receive your inheritance fund so that we can commence on the choice you made out of the three options for the releasing of your long awaited payment

Regards to the problem of diverting of peoples fund through some criminal minded Officials, you are advised to make sure that you keep the utmost confidentiality of this transaction so that you can be able to receive your payment.

Your bank account information, your contact address, your current telephone number and a copy of your identity card, as soon as this is received I will update you with the next action over your payment.

Yours sincerely
David Okoh

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