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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: ben kenechukwu <babenkenechukwu0@hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2007 10:06:14 +0100
Subject: CONTACT MY SECRETARY



Dear Friend,
Sorry for any inconveniences. Well, I just want to use this medium to thankyou very much for your earlier assistance to help me in receiving the inheritance funds, without any positive outcome. I am obliged to inform you that I have succeeded in receiving the funds with the help of a new partnerfrom THAILAND.Contact my secretary in Cotonou De federal Republic of Beninbecause I have left the whole instruction to her on your behalf and instruct him where to send the U.S$1,200.000.00 with out any further delay for your compensation. Her name is Selena Hassan
Email: selena_hassan23@yahoo.frNB:NOTE :BELLOW IS THE REQUIRED INFORMATIONS YOU WILL SEND TO MYSECRETARY
(1) YOUR FULL NAMES(2) YOUR HOUSE ADDRESS(3) YOUR DIRECT CELPHONE NUMBER AND HOUSE PHONE
In this moment, I'm very busy here in THAILAND because of the investmentprojects, which the new partner and I are having at hand. So feel free to get in touch with Selena Hassan to send the cheque to you without any delay.
Regards
BARR.BENSON KENECHUKWU
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