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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: "Dr frank Adam," <>
Reply-To: "Dr frank Adam," <>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 04:30:55 +0000 (UTC)


Address: Plot 1261, Adeola Hopewell Street CO/B/REP,
Republic Of Benin.
Tele: ( +229-98319862), Attention:
&nbsp;Beneficiary Your
&nbsp;fund of One Million Five Hundred thousand usd.(1.500,000.00USD) has
been forwarded to Western Union for immediate transfer to you Your
payment will be sent to you by western Union, the amount you will
receive per day is $5,000.00 ( Five thousand Dollars )The Minister Trust
&nbsp;Funds of Benin Republic will send you the currently standards track
details you need to pick up your ($5,000) payment by western union, you
will receive every day
&nbsp;till you receive the 1.500,000.00 United State Dollars, now no need to
send you this atm card because you can not be able to withdraw with the
atm card due to the atm master card contain large money on it and is not
&nbsp;activated too and many people have received their fund through this
western union which is safer and reliable with
&nbsp;less cost.&nbsp; The
&nbsp;Director administrator trust funds have already signed your payment,
now you are free to comply with wemaco payment office on this email.( )However, kindly contact the below person who is in position to release your payment by Western Union per $5,000 a day. Dr frank
&nbsp;Adam, Western Union Department Benin, Mobile:+229 98319862 E-mail( )The
&nbsp;Western Union Payment Center has been mandated to issue out your
payment and you have to stop any further communication with any other
person(s) or office(s) to avoid any hitches in receiving your payment.
Note that the administrator payment needs these details from you to
&nbsp;your payment: Your full name_________________________Your address__________________________Your
&nbsp;country___________________________Your age______________________________Your occupation________________________Your Phone number______________________Comply
&nbsp;now because as soon as you sent this
&nbsp;required details to Dr frank Benson, he will start sending your payment
&nbsp;by Western Union. And do let me know immediately you start receiving
your money for us to share
&nbsp;the joy together. Regards,Mr. Edward Hillary,

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