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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 Patricia Santos <>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 10:16:01 +0200
Subject: Dear long time friend

Dear long time friend

How are you doing today? It is my pleasure to reach you after our
unsuccessful attempt on our business transaction some time ago, I am
obliged and very happy to inform you that I have succeeded in
receiving the funds with the help of a new partner from U.S.A Mr.
Patricia Santos Everything was perfectly done because we strike a deal
with one of the Lady Accountant who works with the Benin Ministry of
Finance (B.M.F) and the International Monitory Fund (IMF) in Cotonou

Due to your pass effort we have decided to compensate you with the sum
of $us3.7Million. united States Dollars in an international ATM VISA
CARD. We did this simply to show appreciation to you for your kind
support because without the your same last name I would have not
gotten to the end.

I left this ATM VISA CARD with the managements of my Pastor a Blessed
man of God Rev. Pastor Adodo AsikA . as a parcel for
security reasons pending when you will contact him with instructions
of delivery.

Below are his contacts:
Faith Family Bible Church Benin
Rev. Pastor Adodo AsikA
Phone: +22968756567
P.O.Box: 05 Bp 258
Cotonou- Republic du Benin

Forward your contact address where you want your package to be sent
to. Note that I kept this compensation for your tireless efforts and
attempts you showed to assist me. I appreciated your efforts at that
time very much, so feel free and get in touch with my pastor to send
you your ATM VISA CARD.

Mr Patricia Santos

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