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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:

Date: Tue, 6 Sep 2022 08:51:57 +0100

Hello My Dear & Sincere Partner,

How are you today? Please accept my apology for not contacting you
earlier before now due to my tight schedules. I am writing in regards
to multi-million-dollar business proposal which we never concluded. I
am using this opportunity to inform you that the business has been
concluded with another person who financed it to a logical conclusion.

Thanks for your great effort to our unfinished transfer of fund into
your account due to some financial reasons. But I want to inform you
that I have successfully transferred the fund out of the Bank to my
new partner's account in Australia who assisted me in this great
venture. However, Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and
trustworthiness you showed during the course of the transaction I want
to show my gratitude to you with the sum of $1,000.000.00 . Be inform
that I have left a Signed International Certified Bank Draft with my
Secretary for you. This Bank Draft Values $1,000.000.00 only and is
cashable in any approved International Bank in the world.

As at the time I was leaving Nigeria he was the only one I could trust
with that kind of money,he is a very simple and understanding Man. I
will like you to contact my secretary Mr. James Okon , for immediate
delivery of this Bank Draft because I have authorized him to send it
to you as soon as you contact him. At the moment, I am very busy here
in Australia for investment with my new partner. Please I will like
you to accept this little token with good faith as this is from the
bottom of my heart. Also comply with Mr. James Okon, to enable him
send you the Bank Draft without any delay,

Contact my secretary with below details----

Name: Mr. James Okon
Address: No 4 dolphins Ave,Ikeja Lagos-Nigeria
Emails: {}

Do not forget to send him your Name and your Delivery address in
full including your Phone numbers for successful delivery. Thanks and
God bless you and your family, hope to hear from you again.

Yours Sincerely,
Philip Ikeazor.

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