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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: Bar Ben Wilson <>
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2012 00:14:20 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Attention Pls Dear Beneficiary.

 Attention Pls Dear Beneficiary.I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmable Bank
Draft worth of (usd $2.500.000.00)TWO MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED
STATE DOLLARS which my boss left with me before he travelled out,but I did nothear from you since that time. Then withthe help of a friend who is a Bank manager I cashed the money and deposited it as a BOX containing African clothes with FEDEX COURIER COMPANY LIMITED,Cotonou, Benin Republic. What you have to do now is to contact the FEDEX COURIER COMPANY as soon as
possible to know when they will deliver your package to you. For your
information, I have paid for the delivering Charge, Insurance premium and
Clearance Certificate Fee of the package.The only money you will send to the Courier Company to deliver your package direct to your postal Address in your country being Security Keeping Fee of the Courier Company so far. Again, I would have paid that but they said no because they don't know when you will contact them and in case of demurrage. You have to contact the FEDEX COURIER COMPANY now for the delivery of your package with this information bellow;Contact Person: Rev Dr.Ugo Odili.
Telephone:+229 97553256
Email Address: (, make sure that you reconfirm the following infomation to them again to avoid any mistake on the Delivery and ask them to give you the the box pin code The infomations are;1.YOUR FULL NAME; _______
2.YOUR AGE; ________
6. COUNTRY________
8. YOUR AGE________ Let me repeat again, Try to contact them as soon as you receive this mail toavoid any further delay and remember to pay them their Security Keeping fee for their immediate action. Do let me know immediately you
recieves your package.Yours Faithfully,
Bar Ben Wilson

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