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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: "Mr. Benet," <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 01:18:47 +0100
Subject: From:Mr. David Jefferies,


Dear Friend,

How are you today? My name is Mr. David Jefferies, an Executive Auditor and head
of computing department here in United Kingdom. This mail is very confidential.

I want to transfer Fifteen Million Pounds Sterling (15,000,000.00 GBP), that
belongs to my Late client, He is a Director and owner of Petrochemical Service
from Australia. He died since 1998 without a will. Base on my investigation, I
found out that no one is aware of this account.

However, I need your assistance and cooperation towards this. I want you to
provide an empty bank account where the fund will be transferred.

Then after the transfer, i will immediately visit your country for the sharing.
i will receive 60% of the total amount and you 35%, remaining 5% will be for any
expenses incurred.

Can you partner with me?
Reply me only if you can be able to handle such a huge sum of money.

Thank you kindly,
Mr. David Jefferies,

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