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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: JAMES HILLIMA <"www.">
Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2017 22:33:58 +0900 (JST)
Subject: ATTN DEAR,


We have Finally Re-directed your payment fund $8.5Million Dollars today to our DIAMOND BANK PLC and now you have to Contact them because they are in charge of making online Transfer for you which you will be able to received it within 4days banking service.

Below is the e-mail their e-mail address, please contact them now because your money is with them now.

Director name JAMES HILLIMA ,
The Director of Foreign Remittance Diamond Bank Plc –Cotonou Benin Rep.
Address: 203/282 Hospital Route Cotonou Benin Republic
Tel: +229 62718441 Telex: 53001 / 53120
Customer Care E-mail address (

Let us know immediately the transfer has been made, with all the sucess.
Warm Regards.
Mr. David Jack

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