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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Tue, 31 May 2005 12:23:00 +0200
Subject: Transfer Assistance/Strictly Confidencial

Transfer Assistance/Strictly Confidencial



With due respect,trust and humility I write this letter to you seeking your
assistance though it's difficult since we have not met before. I believe
that you are capable and reliable to handle an urgent and confidential international
transaction of this sort.
I am a 23 years' Mr.Benjamin Guei Boyise, the son of Dr.Guei Boyise
the Ivorian former politician who was also a businessman .
Because of my father's sincerity he was killed by a planned motor accident
along province of Abdjan, Ivory Caost.
The planners of the accident are said to be dissident soldiers but it later
occurred that they had the backing of the Oppositionalparty.
when this accident occurred , my father did not die on the spot rather he
was rushed to a hospital by some good Samaritans.Fromhis hospital bed before
he died my father managed to sneak a writtenmessage to me explaining his
He mostly informed me offunds he had deposited in Benin Republic in a reserve
bank which is US$61 Million.He instructed me before his death to leave our
countryto Benin Republic for my safety which I successfully did .
Since I came into this country things has been running upside down and because
of Benin Republic's existing law,which does not allow asylum seekers/refugees
like me to operate bank account and the fear that this money may
raise eyebrows here in Benin Rep. if I openly start spending or investing
it here at this
age, then I decided to write to you to seek your help and partnership

to transfer this money into your bank account in your country as a business
As for your reward for your honest assistance i will give you 25% if can
just sincerely help me out.My plan to invest the money in your country through
your help & under your guidance. Contact me to enable us urgently proceed
in earnest towards concluding all transaction.
Please bear in mind that my life depend on this funds and i do hope that
this money will be safe when finally transfered into your account.

I hope to hear from you as soon aspossible.

May God bless you with thanks from,Benjamin Guei Boyise.


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