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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:

Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2013 01:44:43 +0800 (CST)

Dear Friend

It is my pleasure to reach you after our unsuccessful attempt on our business transaction,Hope you have not forgotten, I am Mrs Sandra, who contacted you some time ago to assist me secure the release of my Late husband money.

I am obliged to inform you that I have succeeded in receiving the funds with the help of a new partner from South America Mr. Alfredo Gomez Castillo. Everything was perfectly done because we strike a deal with one of the Lady Accountants who works with the Federal Ministry of Finance (FMF) and she rendered a tremendous help to us. My new partner initiated this idea and everything worked out successfully.In appreciation of your earlier assistance to me in receiving the funds, I have decided to compensate you with the sum of US$1200,000.00. The money is left in a ATM CARD. 

I did this simply to show appreciation to you for your kind support and assistance even though we couldn't succeed.Presently,I am in Paraguay for investments with my own share under the advice of my partner. In the light of the above, you are therefore to contact  Rev Benson Wood in Cotonou Benin Republic.To receive you ATM Card, kindly make available your full name for processing of your ATM Card, address for delivery of your ATM Card/Draft and contact phone number for easy communication.Your Atm card have arranged through swift card payment center Asia pacific, this card center will send you an Atm Card which you will use to withdraw your money in any Atm machine in any part of the world, but the maximum is One Thousand, Five Hundred United States Dollars Per-Day.
Stated below is the contact information of My Pastor Rev Benson Wood, Call him for Your Compensate Of  US$1200,000.00.
Rev Pastor Benson Wood.
Tele : +22997031337. 

Please get in touch with him right away to send the MONEY  to you without any delay and as soon as you receive it from him please let me know.

Best Regards,
Mrs. Sandra.
(Writing from Paraguay) 

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