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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: "Barr. Tony Bamikole" <>
Date: Tue, 03 Sep 2019 13:39:10 +0000
Subject: From Barrister Tony Bamikole....REPLY ASAP

Dear Partner,

My name are Barrister Tony Bamikole the attorney to the formal (CSO) chief security officer to past president of Nigeria president Good luck Ebele Jonathan who just hand over to the new president of Nigeria, Due to the ongoing investigation and the promise of the new president to the world and the president of the United States of America to retrieve every funds that last government officer has been looted out of the country through their foreign account.

In view of this, he directed me as his personal attorney to assist him look for any foreign investor to manage the money that is deposited in a financial institution, this funds was deposited in an open beneficiary for security reasons, in which i will send you a power of attorney and some other relevant documents as the attorney which will help you contact the financial institution on how the funds will be transfer to you without any problem.

below is the link in case you want to verified

Please if you are interested kindly get back to me immediately so we can give you more detail how you can get this fund secure.

I will be waiting to hear from you,

Kindly send me below information if you are interested

copy of identification.

As soon as i get this from you this will allow me call you and discuss with you immediately as soon as I receive your reply.

I will like you to keep this business deal confidential until this business is complete.

Yours Sincerelly

Barr. Tony Bamikole

Please let copy of your response be on this email address below very important.

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