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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: Martin Elechime <>
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2023 16:08:28 -0700
Subject: Contact my Accountant for the collection of your international
certified bank draft of ($1,500.000.00USD)

Dear Friend,

How are you today? I hope this mail meets you in a perfect condition.
My name is Chief. Martins Elechime, Who contacted you few months ago
about business
transaction of($28,400,000,00USD only), which failed, due to one
reason or the other best known to you. I want to use this opportunity
to thank you for your great effort to our unfinished transfer of fund
into your account. Now, I also want to inform you that I have
successfully transferred the fund out of my bank to someone else
account who was capable of assisting me, in this great venture.

Due to your effort, sincerity & courage you showed at the course of
the transaction, I decided to compensate you to show my gratitude to
you with the sum of ($1, 500.000.00USD only), I have authorized my
Account Madam Julie Tony, to issue you an international bank Draft
that is cashable. Contact my Accountant Madam Julie Tony, In
(Porto-Novo Benin Republic) without delay for the collection of your
international certified bank draft of $1,500.000.00USD,

Contact Person: Madam Julie Tony,
Email: (
Phone: +229-5254-2249,

Remember that I have forwarded an instruction to him on your behalf to
send the bank draft to you as soon as you contact him. At the moment,
I'm very busy here because of the investment projects which I & my new
partner are having at hand now in LONDON. To avoid wrong delivery,
please forward to him your full

detail informations such as:

1, Your full Name.............................
2, Your House address.........................
3, Your Country.............................
4, Your Age/SEX................................
5, Your current Telephone number.....................
6, Your valid ID card copy.........................

Do not hesitate to contact him as soon as you receive this mail, so
that he will send your bank draft to you, please I will like you to
accept this token with good faith as this is from the bottom of my
heart, hope to hear from you as soon as you receive it.

Thanks and may God bless you and your family.

Best Regards,
Chief. Martins Elechime,

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