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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: "jeo ben" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 06:26:46 +0100
Subject: Dear friend,

Dear friend,

Du Read And Get Back To me

This message might meet you in utmost surprise however,it's just my urgent
need for a foreign partner that made me contact you for this transaction.
Please respond with your direct phone number after reading for oral
to enable us understand ourselves.

Jeo Ben azordo is my name, an accountant & the auditor general of the
BANK OF AFRICA'' here in cotonou Republic of Benin. I wish to
know if we can work together. I would like you to stand as the next of kin
our deceased client who made a fixed deposit oftwo million five hundred
thousand dollars (USD$2.500.000.00) to our bank.

He died in a plane crash in the year 2003 here in benin without any next of
and as such his funds now have an open beneficiary mandate, view this

Do get back to me if you are interested through my private email address at:
( so that I can give you more details
concerning this transaction. On the issue of sharing I will let you know as
soon as i hear from you, once again don't forget to reply with your direct
mobile number as i instructed above.


Mr Jeo Ben
Direct Tel: +229 97 01 93 22.

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