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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: "From Mr. Titus Benjamin" <>
Reply-To: "From Mr. Titus Benjamin" <>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 08:05:42 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Dear Friend,

Dear Friend, 

My name is Benjamin Titus. I am manager in Global Security Company here in Abidjan Cote D’Ivoire. My reason for contacting you is to transfer an abandoned Consignment deposited in our custody coded as family valuable treasure which I find out the content of the consignment after political war in the country 2010, 

The owner of this Consignment died with his wife during war which he used her name as next of kin, if you can strongly receive the consignment in your country, I will change Next of kin in your name so to transfer this Consignment to your door step through diplomatic courier ,

The total sun is Six Million Eight Hundred Euro (€6.8Million) both of us will share 50/50 as soon as I receive your mail indicating your interest by proving your full address, international passport copy with telephone number , I assure you that this Consignment will deliver to your country with five days ,

Best Regards,
Mr. Titus Benjamin

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