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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: "Department Association" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2013 17:02:12 +0100
Subject: Scam victim compensation

Attn Dear Beneficiary,

The authority of Federal Republic of Benin instructed the manager of Western union Mr. Nze Frank to start transfer the sum of $450,000.00 Dollars to you for the scam victim compensation starting from today, The funds is now deposited at the custody of Mr. Nze Frank western union and you are to send your transferring information to them such as your full name, Address and telephone to this Email: ( Tel: +229-643-438-31

Department Association.

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