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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. Ruben Maxwell" <>
Reply-To: "Mr. Ruben Maxwell" <>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 04:19:23 +0000 (UTC)

                        ONLINE BANKING DETAILS.............VERY URGENT.

Dear beneficiary how are you and your family, we have waited for you to contact for your compensation you did not respond, if you are not interested In your fund let us know, due to the delay, this is to notify you that your funds valued (U.S.d $10,500,000.00) has been deposited today to AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK OF BENIN. For your convenience, you will have to transfer Through Within 24hrs by E ­banking online by yourself to your local account. By Of this method, You Will monitor the movement of the local funds online till your account is duly credits. Contact the bank to Provide personnel with the Login details so you can commence the transfer by yourself. CONTACT PERSON: Dr.Usman Bello EMAIL: ( your information is more important. Regards
Managing director Mr. Ruben Maxwell, Call Me After Going Through
The Email +229-98527244

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