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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: "cs" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2013 09:51:23 +0100
Subject: FILE:US/BOA/08990013

Attention Beneficiary,


Recently your Compensation payment of USD850,000.00 has been sent to Benin republic fast receive exchange money transfer due to the problem we are having with the transfer in Bank of America (BOA).

Right now contact the Benin republic exchange money transfer to effect your payment,remember the arrangement is well as before in Bank
of America USD5,000 daily until the total of USD850,000.00 is completely transferred to you.

The Benin republic exchange money transfer agent:
Mr.Isaac Sultan
TEL:+229 987 93587 ext 21

Money sent in the amount of USD5,000.00 in your name today, please contact Isaac Sultan and ask him to give you the Transfer Code, sender name and question / answer to pick the USD5,000

PS: Note you will be required to pay the value added tax (VAT) USD195.00 contact them ASAP to send you the pick up code

Yours in Service

From: Mrs. Joyce Hilary
Executive Payment Officer (UN)

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