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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. Sarah Elijah" <>
Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2011 19:24:39 +0100 (BST)
Subject: From Mrs. Sarah Elijah

Dearest, Please i want to inform you that your fund was brought to our desk,of $1.8Million dollars, but it seems as you don't want to speak or write back to us. However, One Mr Jonathan visited my office, with a Beninios lawyer with application of claim over your USD$1.8Million dollars  with this financial institution. Please, do confirm to us, as matter of urgency if this man is really from you so that this office will not be held responsible for paying wrong person. Based on board of directors meeting today, they have concluded to approve the payment on his favor since you failed to fulfill the obligation given to you by the wire transfer Department, to process your payment. Therefore, if you are really serious and willing to receive the first $1.8Million dollars through Diplomatic delivery, kindly get back to us and we will work with you to complete this your long awaited fund, so you are to effect the payment processing fees so that you will start
expect your USD$1.8Million dollars via over night delivery. Since the Payment processing fee is $270.00 in my concerted efforts to actualize your fund payment with the convenient time schedule I will raise $200.00, so I am expecting $70 from you today. As an insider in this Financial Institution, I must assure you that once you have provided to the Bank with their demands, they would now be under  legal obligation to transfer the funds to you within 24hours once we confirm this $70. YES you must receive the delivery within two working day, after you have send the $70.00 Kindly make the payment to: 1. RECEIVER NAME======= SUNDAY ONYIBOR
CITY====== COTONUO 2. COUNTRY=====BENIN REPUBLIC .3. QUESTION=======IN GOD4. ANSWER======HAND 5. AMOUNT======US$70.00 I will like you to co-operate with me to retrieve this legacy payment left behind than allowing the government of this country to forfeit it. I believed it is a life time opportunity which every reasonable human-being will never allow to slip by. We do business each day with an absolute commitment to ethics, honesty and credibility. (NOTE: REPLY ALL MAILS TO THIS EMAIL WITH YOUR FULL CONTACT EAILS NOW: (   Dr Willy Rogers  Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Call them at +229-9809-1364
 Am waiting for your urgent response. Mrs. Sarah Elijah  

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