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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: "Rev. James Ike" <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2018 19:47:20 -0300
Subject: Attention beneficiary,

Dear Sir/ Madam,
This is to let you know that your long awaited funds value $4,800,000.00
USD has been finally approved for payment to you through this channel.
Reason is because your name appeared as one of the victims of scam in
the past and now the funds was set aside to release to you through my

If you are still interested to get those funds, kindly contact mr Andrew
Leeks via this information below and ask him what is required to release
the money to you without delay of time. During making contact with him,
make sure you provide him all your necessary information such as below:

1) Your full name:
2) Your receiving address:
3) Your telephone number:
4) Your profession:
Age/ Sex:

Use below info to reach him right away because it is your golden
opportunity to receive what belongs to you without any further hitches.
Tel# +2348108590652

I wish you the best and also remember to share the testimony in your
church because it is something that needed to be celebrated.

Best regards,
Rev. James Ike

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