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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: frank ben <>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 11:52:51 +0530 (IST)


i saw your mail and i decided to e-mail you immediately to seek for your Godly Assistance in repatriating this sum of US$ 16.5 Million because i would like to invest it in your company.Due to my ill-health,i lodged this said funds in a Finace House.But due to the new monetary policy that has been passed into law here recently,that is why i have decided to move the funds out quickly into a lucrative venture in your company through your help.Moreover,it pains me when i remember the amount i have wasted in paying for demurrage since i felt sick.Thats why i deem it wise to contact you now.

Most importantly,i would like to come over to your country to live with my family for the rest of our life after we might have achieve this project due to some family problems i and my household have been encaountering for donkey years now from the hand of my wicked step-brothers,because the earlier the better for us.You can agree with me that it is only a tree that hears that it will be cut down and it remains unmoved.The bullet wound i had on my left ankle in Liverpool last Three years August 2008 they were the brain behind it.But i really thank God that he saved me.God actually blessed me with wealth,but i and my household dont have rest of mind,our lives are not secured as well.It is too bad for any one to live in fears.All our hope is in you now ,because ''Man is God to Man''.There are many things which i wouldn't like to mention here untill i arrive to have a round table discussions just pray for my speedy recovery. Ok you can contact me with my
private mail address. (

I will appreciate your timely reply so that we can open discussion after getting much acquainted to each other.

I await your affirmation.


Mr Frank Ben

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