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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: Dr Godswill Ibori <>
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 13:16:52 +0100
Subject: GOOD DAY

How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family. You may not
understand why this mail came to you. But if you do not remember me, you
might have receive an email from me in the past regarding a
multi-million-dollar business proposal which we never concluded. I am
using this opportunity to inform you that this multi-million-dollar
business has been concluded with the assistance of another partner from
the Island of St Martins who financed the transaction to a logical conclusion.

I want to thank you for the great effort towards that unfinished transfer
of fund into your account, due to one reason or the other best known to you.
But I want to inform you that I have successfully transferred the
fund out of my bank to my new partner's account in Liechtenstein that
was capable
of assisting me in this great venture.

But due to your effort, sincerity, courageand 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 US$ I have left a certified international
you worth of US $1.2,000.000 withdraw able any where in the world, am
sure it will
go along way in cushioning the effect of this pandemic called Covid19.

My Dear friend, I will like you to contact my secretary her name is .
Voda Helen for collection of your ATM CARD. I have authorized her to
release the
ATM CARD to you whenever you contact her for it, do not forget to send her the
below details as am currently busy with my investment projects:

1.FULL NAMES:______________________
2.ADDRESS:____________ __________
3.E-MAIL ADDRESS:_______________
4.TELEPHONE NUMBER:___________________

Thanks yours sincerely
Dr Godswill Ibori

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