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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 Benedeth <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:02:14 +0000
Subject: Greetings


Iam Mrs. Benedeth Iburuma an aging widow suffering from long time
illness. I have some funds I inherited from my late husband, the sum
of 8.5 Million us Dollars and I needed a very honest and sincere
Individual or cooperate organization that will use the fund for work
of humanity, I found your email address from the Human ressources data
base and decided to contact you. Please if you would be able to use
the funds for the work of humanity as i have stated here to fulfilled
my late husband wishes please , kindly reply me back through my
Private email address for more explanations;

Mrs.Benedeth Iburuma

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