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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: "Mrs. Grace Ibeh" <>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2011 12:49:15 +0530 (IST)
Subject: Esteems Sir/Madam

Esteems Sir/Madam

This is to informed you that the management Bank PHB, are hereby from the desk of Dr, Brown Young, to keep you validate about the latest devolvement due your total sum of $15, 000, 000, 00, (Fifteen Millions United States of America Dollars Only) has been approve today, from Benin Republic, Federal Ministry of Justice, mean you are free to receive the total sum of $15, 000, 000, 00.

The Government as prescribed by the constitution of the Country is the responsibility of the Federal Ministry of Finance to handle all foreign arias/debts, The board of Federal Ministry of Finance Benin Republic are hereby to notify your payment inherited funds of (US$15,000.000,00)USD ,After the meeting held on your behalf with His Excellence the PRESIDENT OF FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF BENIN with instructed Department Bank PHB to send your funds to you through ATM MASTER CARD ,for easier receive of your inherited funds without any further delay.

So you adhere strictly to contact Payment Office right now with this address ( ) to start processing your payment immediately,listen,bear it in mind that you will send them total sum of $100,00,right now, through reference name,Mrs,Sandy Miller, for processing charges fee, further more, forward them all the information that you will use to receive your fund total sum of $15,000,000,00,

Receiver's Name:________
Receiver’s Address:______
Your Country:__________
Your city _____________
Tell Number:__________

Mrs. Grace Ibeh

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