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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Thu, 4 Nov 2004 16:32:46 -0800
Subject: Waiting for your urgent response.

From:Mrs Jinifer Benson
Avanue 15 rue 20 triechville refugee camp.
Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire.


Compliments of the season to you. I know that this letter will come to you
as a surprise, with the full hope that you will bear with us to assist me
in this mutual transaction that will extend our both families.I am Madam
Jinifer Benson from Guinea Bissau. My late Husband Chief/Dr Emos Benson
who was into raw Materials/cotton export, died last year after a brief illness.
Before his death he deposited ( one big trunk box containing US $ 7.5 million
with other valuables like Family Useing) with security company here in Abidjan
registered it as Art work belonging to his foreign partner who will be coming
for the release and export to his country.Please, I want you to focus your
mind in this transaction for this is risk free ,legal an Genuine business.I
ask for your assistance and permission to submit your name as my late Husband's
foreign partner for releasing of this consignment and transfer/export to
your country for safe keeping and investment purpose. I humbly ask you to
response to this mail immediately with your Tel/Fax numbers to enable me
forward to you the neccessary documents concerning this deposit. So we can
conclude this transaction under 15 good working days.My son and I have
conclude to give you 10 % of the total money after the release of this
consignment for your noble assistance. And note that this is the only hope
of my son and me to make fortune in our life, therefore try to keep it
confidential for the security of this money and our dear life.

Waiting for your urgent response.

Best regards.
Mrs Jinifer Benson

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