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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: "FAITH MATHS" <>
Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2008 20:33:21 +0100

*My Dear, *
* I crave your indulgence at this mail coming from somebody you
have not known before.I decided to do this after praying over the situation
as I believe I've been destined to be of blessing to you and humanity in
*I need not dwell on how I came by your contact information because there
are many such possibilities these days.I am Mrs Faith Maths former director
of Benin Cement Company.*

*I am presently in Spain where I am under going treatment as I was involve
in fatal auto accident that took the life of my three kids.*
*I want you to contact my Pastor:*
*Pastor Nelson Coffi
Cotonou Benin Republic.
Office:+229 93 86 70 94
EMAIL: *** <>
* *
*Instruct him to send you the sum of ($1.5M) One Million,Five Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars in which you should use 40% of the total sum
for yourself and then 60% for the less privilege in the society.*
*I cannot predict what will be my fate by the time you will receive the
fund,but you should please ensure that the fund is used as I have described
*Mrs Faith Maths.

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