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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: "Winson Boyenga" <winson_boyenga@fsmail.net> (may be fake)
Reply-To: winybonga@hotmail.com
Date: Fri, 4 Jan 1980 10:55:51 +0100
Subject: Business transaction


Urgently I contacted you untrust and honesty and do know you will not take Advantage of me at the sucessfull end of this transaction as we don't know ourselves before I got your e-mail on my search for investment research then i decided to contact you hoping that you will be the right person to assist me and my mother on any profitable investment i want to do in your country.First and foremost,I apologized using this medium to reach you for atransaction/business of this magnitute.Let me introduce myself proberly;My name is Mr.Winson Boyenga,the son of Mr.Adesanya Boyenga;I am the beneficiary/next of kin of the fund.
I am living under (UNHCR ) here in Dakar Senegal as refugee.My late father (Mr.Adesanya Boyenga was a excutive chirman on(Gold and Diamond) before his untimely death.He was killed by the rebels of (R.U.F ) and many of our properties/building were destroyed by them.
When my late father was alive he sensed of conspiracy against him and he escaped me to Dakar Senegal and later go back to Sierra Leone that is when he was killed that time the war was still going on in my country.
When he was alive he deposited his money (US$12.8Million dollars) with my name as his next of kin in a private finance company in Senegal.Presently,I want you to assist me transfer the money to your position,so that you can help us to invest it and also to help us acquire naturization statue in your country.
Please if you are intrested to help us,you will stand as my guadian/beneficiary of the money so that you can be able to talk with the security company on our behalf that you want to help us claim the fund our father put in their company before he died and transfer it to your position for me.
I have with me deposit recipt and the certificate onwership document they finance company issued to my late father on the very day he deposit the money is here with me and i will be send to you on demand.I have the authority of my mother involved that should you be willing to assist us in the process of the transfer,your share of the sum will be 10% of the $12.8 Million.
The transaction is 100% safe on your part provided you treat it with utmost secrecy and confidential.Also your area of specialization is not a hindrance to the successful execution of this transaction.
I have reposed my confidence in you and hope that you will not disappoint me.I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Thanks,
Mr.Winson Boyenga



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