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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: "Elizabeth" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2013 23:34:11 -0700
Subject: Re: Am happy that i finaly made it at last..

Hello: Dear beloved,
I believe that you have not forgotten me, although it was indeed a very long time we communicate last. Well, this is to thank you for your past effort to assist me in moving out my late Father's funds out the country at that time, I understand your thought that time, that I wasnít for real and you said that I am a scam but I told you that am not a scam and you understood me and did your best to assist me but could not conclude the transaction with me. I thank God for his grace and favor upon my life because there was a man called Hagen Bengt from Denmark who finally helped me to move the money to his account so our government did not seize my father`s money any more. I thank God very much for all He has done.
I am so glad to write this email to you today, God is really wonderful and so kind to me, God makes a way where there is no way, I did not believe that I will move out from Benin by now, but God has made it possible for me. So I am happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under my new partner from Copenhagen, Denmark, I am currently in the Copenhagen for my studies here in the Denmark, Meanwhile, I did not forget all your past efforts and attempts to assist me that time in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how due to one reason or the other. But because i made a promise to God that i must surely compensate you as the first person who tried all your best to help me despite that you did not conclude the transaction but i could not forget your good advise and encouragement which gave me at that time.
Now i want you to contact our parish priest: Reverend Fr. Godwin Raymond who used to be a good father to me when I was in UN refugee Camp in Cotonou, Republic of Benin, his e-mail address is as follows ( and his Telephone number is (+234-80-2727-6456).
I told him to send a certified bank check of (US$1,000,000.00) One million United State dollars, which I prepared for you and kept for your compensation for all efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter, knowing fully well that i would have not succeeded if not your advise and encouragement to me at that time. Please accept this little token as it is, but I really appreciate your efforts at that time very much. So feel free to contact Rev. Father at: ( and instruct him where to send you the money.
Note: Below is the required information's you will send to Rev. Father Godwin Raymond:
(1) Your full names:
(2) Your house address:
(3) Your telephone number:
Please let me know immediately you receive it so we can share our joy together after all the sufferings at that time. At this point, Iím very busy here because of my studies and some project that we have at hand. Finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to the Rev. Father Godwin Raymond on your behalf to receive that money but you have to reconfirm it again to avoid any mistake. So do not hesitate to contact him and he will send the amount to you without any delay.
And please do not forget to inform me as soon as you received the money.
Take care and God bless you. Good bye for now.
Yours friend,
Ms. Elizabeth Nelson.

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