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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 <>
Reply-To: Mr Patricia Santos <>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 15:43:22 +0000 (UTC)
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 Benin.

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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