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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: "Dr. Benjamin A Hague" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2012 20:33:55 +0530

Dear Sir/Madam,

My Name is Dr Benjamin A Hague ( British Citizen) a business consultant
based in London My search for a trustworthy Indian national led me to
contact you through the internet

My Proposal:

There is a multinational Jewelleries Branding Company based in Texas(USA)
whom I would like you to stand as a middleman to procure some Raw Materials
in India.

This Company always visit your country (India) to procures most of their raw
materials since the past 5 years in huge quantity.

The company pays for the materials on Cash On Delivery (C.O.D.) basis upon
verification of the materials.

I am looking for a reliable person/businessman that understands the Indian
local language who will assist me in contacting the local dealer of this
product in India.

I have called the local dealer many times, but could not understand the
local language or rather my accent, to enable me negotiates the terms of the
supply with them.

This proposal is 100% risk free and will be another income generating
business outside your

I will give you more details of this proposal the moment I hear from you.

I anticipate hearing from you urgently.

Best regards,

Dr. Benjamin A Hague


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