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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: Egobia Ben <>
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 02:33:08 -0800 (PST)

I am Madam Egobia Benjamin, am married to Engineer Silas Benjamin an Iranian engineer who worked with Iranian oil firm before his death last year. My husband was also into private practice all his life before his death. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $2.8 Million (Two Million Eight Hundred United States dollars) which were derived from His vast estates and investment in capital market with a security company here in Ivory Coast. Presently, this money is still with the bank.

My Doctor told me that I have limited days to live due to the cancerous Problems I am suffering from. I have decided to donate this fund to you And want you to use this gift which comes from my husband’s effort to Fund the upkeep of widows, widowers, orphans, destitute, the down trodden, physically challenged children, barren-women and persons who prove to be Genuinely handicapped financially.

As soon as I receive your reply, I shall give you further instructions by given you my lawyer’s contact information’s so that he will also issue you a power of attorney letter that will empower you as the Original beneficiary of this fund. My happiness is that I lived a life worthy of emulation. Please always be prayerful all through your life.

Please assure me that you will act just as I have stated herein.

Hope to hear from you soon and God bless you and members of your family.

Yours faithfully.
Madam Egobia Benjamin.

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