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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: fred samson <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:12:17 -0700
Subject: urgent reply

Dear friend,

I am Mrs.Cornelia Maury, I am a US citizen, 52 years Old. I reside in
District of Texas 75773. My residential address is as follows 23329 Live
Oak Dr.Mineola,Texas 75773, United States, am thinking of moving since I am
now wealthy. I am one of those that took part in the Compensation in Benin
Republic many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over $42,000
while in the United State, trying to get my payment all to no avail.

So I decided to travel down to West Africa precisely Benin Republic with
all my compensation documents, and I was directed to meet Barr.Roland
Kufor, who is the member of OUTSTANDING PAYMENT AWARD COMMITTEE and a Human
Rights Activist (Lawyer), and I contacted him and he explained everything
to me. He said whoever is contacting us through emails are fake.

He took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation payment.
Right now I am the happiest woman on earth because I have received my
compensation funds amounting to $1,500,000.00. Moreover, Mr. Roland Kufor,
showed me the full information of those that won lottery, and those whose
inheritance had not been paid and the list of all outstanding contractor
that were owed that are yet to receive their payments and I saw your
information's as one of the scam victims, that is why I decided to email
you to stop dealing with those people, they are not with your fund, they
are only making money out of you.

I will advise you to contact Mr.Roland Kufor directly on this information

Head, Roland Kufor, Legal House Firm,
St. Jean Quartier des Elites,
Cotonou-Benin Republic.
Email: (

You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you
and telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway with them,
they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you
have nothing.

The only money I paid after I met Mr.Roland Kufor was just $105 for the
paper works, take note of that.

Thank You and Be Blessed.
Mrs.Cornelia Maury.
23329 Live Oak Dr.Mineola,
Texas 75773 USA

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