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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: Mrs Melinda Robert Domacasse <>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 06:08:42 +0100

*Dear Trusted Friend,My name is Mrs. Melinda Robert , widow of late Mr.
Robert Domacasse , former owner of PETROLEUM AND GAS company, here in
Republic of Benin . I am 58 years old, suffering from long time cancer of
the breast . From all indications my condition is really deteriorating and
it's quite obvious that I may not live more than 2 months according to my
doctors.This is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad stage . I
don't want your pity but I need your trust.My late husband died early last
year from heart attack, and during the period of our marriage we couldn't
produce any child. My late husband was very wealthy and after his death, I
inherited all his business and wealth . The doctor has hinted me that I
will not live for too long again, so I have now decided to spread all my
wealth, to contribute mainly to the development of charity.I am sorry if
you are embarrassed by my mail . I found your e-mail address as a person
that can work for Humanity and for over a month now that I have been
praying to know if really you are working according to the direction of God
. And after all my fasting and prayer I am convinced, and I have decided to
contact you, but if for any reason you find this mail offensive, you can
ignore it and please accept my apology.Before my late husband died he was a
major oil tycoon here in Republic of Benin and deposited the sum of US$ 5
million dollars ( Five million United State dollars ) in a Security company
some years ago, that's all I have left now, I need you to collect this
funds and distribute it yourself to charities, So that when I die my soul
can rest in peace.The funds will be entirely in your hands and management.
I hope God gives you the wisdom to touch very many lives, and that is my
main concern . 20% of this money will be for your time and effort, while
80% goes to charity.Kindly get back to me through this email address ( <> ) if you can work
for God.God bless you.Mrs Melinda Robert Domacasse*

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