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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: "From Federal Ministry Of Finance Benin Rep." <>
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 16:06:19 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Call Dir. Lawson For Your $17,900,000.00

We Federal Ministry Of Finance Benin Rep. have approved your contract Overdue
Compensate fund of $17,900,000.00 into an International ATM MASTER CARD Account
and registered the CARD with FEDEX Express Courier Company and will be lifted
by their delivery agent Director. Lawson Keshi, So you are to contact him to
enable him get your CARD to you today. Here is his contact email ( ) +22968809036/0022968809036.

Your full name, Country, City, Address, Office Phone & Cell Number, ID Card,
Nearest International Air-Port.

Yours ,
Mr.Zuman Balanji
Dir. Federal Ministry Of Finance Benin Rep.

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