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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: mother Jane <>
Reply-To: mother Jane <>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 04:41:13 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: A WILL,

 I am Mother Jane Milne Robert, 87 Years old woman and the wife of Late Sir Milne Robert who died in a Plane crash on Monday the 7th of September 1998 GMT 14:22 UK while they were flying from New York to Geneva. Please see site below.
After the death of my husband I became the Head of his investment but before the death of my husband we had a plan to use the last days of our lives to donate half of what we have worked for to the less privilege and charity homes and the other half for ourselves, family members and close friends, and it is so unfortunate that my husband is  not alive today to do this with me and  I am very weak and old now, hence  I have decided to do this philanthropic work on behalf of my late husband and I.
Presently, I have willed out almost half of our assets to several charity homes and to some of the less privilege in different countries. Despite the agreement between my late husband and I to give aid to the deprived, we also agreed to render support to an individual we have not meet before in life due to the fact when we were still young in life we receive an anonymous help from an individual we did not know and which we have not being able to know till date, the impact we got from such gesture made us to do same.

With help of my financial secretary I deposited sum of $10.3 million to you in BGFI bank Benin, and for your information I have paid for Insurance Premium and Clearance Certificate Fee the only money you need to send to the bank is stamp fee.
Contact BGFI bank Benin,
Director of Operations : Hervé BORNA
Address: C/ 38, Rue Dako Donou, Tokpa Hoho Guinkomey,01 B.P : 4270 Cotonou
Mobile / Tel: +229 68 52 45 39
Fax:  +229 21 31 04 36
Ensure you reconfirm your address to avoid any mistake, and don’t forget to indicate how you which to receive the funds, bank transfer, ATM card payment or cashiers check?
You Home address:...................
Direct telephone number: .........................
Copy of your Identity card:...................
Be also notified that I will no longer be reading my emails or surfing the internet as I have retired completely from the outside world to my reach.

Yours Faithfully,
>From Mother Jane Milne Robert, 87, Fairview Park, Ohio.

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