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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: "Mr.Jerry" <>
Date: Thu, 24 Jun 2010 03:46:39 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Attention/Call

Mr. Jerry  Benoun.
 Dear Sir/Madam,
I am Mr.Jerry Benoun,a Manager with a Commercial Bank,I was personally in charge of the deposit made by one of our customer late Mr.Mark,who till his death was a contractor with Our Government and the Ports Authority.
 On the 21st of April 2004,Mr.Mark,his wife and their two children were involved in a car accident and all occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives.
At the time of his death,he had a deposit of Twenty Million Six Hundred Thousand Dollars Only($20.6 M) which was proceed of a contract work he just concluded with The Ports Authority before the unfortunate incident.
 Unfortunately,till this moment no person has come as his relation for his deposit with us.
I humbly request your attention to this matter so that I can present you as his next of kin and beneficiary to this deposit It is not a very difficult thing to do and it will not take time.
Please contact me as quickly as possible.
I will give you details as soon as you reach me.
 You can call me on my cell phone number on receipt of this mail for More information's.
Kind Regards.
Jerry Benoun.

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