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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: drpaul <>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:00:23 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Please read & reply

 Please read & reply
I am Dr Paul Benido a banker,
I contacted you on a business deal of 3.5 Million Euro, ready to transfer to your account
The depositor of the said fund died with his entire family during the Iraq war in 2006, unfortunately leaving nobody for the claim. if we make this claim, we will share it 50%/50%. If you are interested reply I will give you the full details.
Waiting for your reply
Best regard,
Dr Paul Benido

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