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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: Davids Wood <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 13:37:23 +0000
Subject: Your Compensation Payment Fund!!!

Hello My Good Friend, How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family?, You maynot understand why this mail come to you.But if you do not remember me, you might have receive an email from me in the past regarding amulti-million-dollar business proposal which we never concluded. I am using this opportunity to inform you that this multi-million-dollar business has been concluded with the assistance of another partner from Germany who financed the transaction to alogical conclusion.
I thank you for your great effort to our unfinished transfer of fund into your account due to one reason or the other best known to you.But I want to inform you that I have successfully transferred the fund out of my bank to my new partner's account in Germany that was capable of assisting me in this great venture.
Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trust worthness You showed during the course of the transaction.I want to compensate you and show my gratitude to you with the sum of $900,000.00 which I left to my secretary on your behalf.
My dear friend I will like you to contact MY SECRETARY Mr.Benjamin Kewata,on his direct email address at: ( ) for the collection of the fund.I authorized him to release the fund to you whenever you contact him regarding for it.
At the moment, I'm very busy here because of the investment projects,which I and the newpartner are having at hand.Please I will like you to accept this token with good faith as this is from the bottom of my heart, Also comply with Mr Benjamin directives so that he will send themoney to you without any delay.
Contact My Secretary: Mr. Benjamin Kewata. Cotonou , Benin Republic. His Email Address: ( )Direct Phone: +22993897164. You are to forward to him, the following : 1. YOUR FULL! NAME & ADDRESS 2. YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER
The money will be sent to you by the security company where I deposited it before my trip. Therefore, you should send to Mr. Ben Kewata your Full Name and Telephone Number/Your current mailing address which he will use to process the delivery of the money on your behalf. Thanks and God bless. Mr .Davids Wood
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