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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: Me Daniel HALAWI <>
Reply-To: Me Daniel HALAWI <>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:39:15 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Good Days

Hello Sir / Madam,In exile worries us away from our country Libya due to the prevailing crisis, my husband and I had committed the transfer of our remaining assets outside of the country after the destruction of everything we have. That is to say that these funds worth six million five thousand (Uss 6,500,000) Dollars that I have now are in a black case and is everything I have.
Actually my name is Colette BOUTHE and I live alone in Benin Republic, weakened by illness and tragic death of my late husband.I offers no support for the political situation is very cloudy with a chance of war civil.
The funds currently staying here in Benin, but my wish is to transfer out of Bénin.I would make sure my project is safe and you make 40% of the total funds after transfer in your country. I would also like to count on you for the design and realization of investment projects after the transfer.
Upon receipt of said message, I pray you to contact my lawyer urgently.
Me Daniel HALAWI Email: who will handle the procedure in this partnership application and transfer of funds from you. I intend therefore to your promptness and I especially ask you to make good use of those funds when they will be transferred and made available.GOD Bless Our CollaborationThank you and goodbye.Colette BOUTHE

Bonjour Madame/Monsieur,Dans le soucis de nous exiler loin de notre pays la Libye du fait de la crise qui prévaut, mon époux et moi avions engagé le transfert de nos biens restants hors du pays après la destruction de tout ce dont nous disposions. C'est à dire que ces fonds d'une valeur de Six million cinq mille (6.500.000€)euros dont je dispose présentement sont dans une mallette noir et est tout se qu'il me reste.
En fait je me nomme Madame Colette BOUTHE et je vis seule en République du Bénin, affaiblie par la maladie et la tragique disparition de mon défunt époux.Je ne bénéficie d'aucune assistance vue que la situation politique est très trouble avec un risque de guerre civile.
Les fonds séjournent présentement ici au Bénin mais mon souhait est de les transférer hors du Bénin.Je voudrais vous assurer que mon projet est sans risque et vous consentir 40% de la totalité des fonds après leur transfert dans votre pays. Je voudrais aussi compter sur vous pour la conception et la réalisation de projets d'investissement après le transfert.
Dès réception du dit message, je vous pries de bien vouloir contacter de toute urgence mon notaire.Me Daniel HALAWI qui s’occupera de la procédure de cette demande de partenariat et de transfert des fonds auprès de vous.Je compte dès lors sur votre promptitude et surtout je vous demande de faire un bon usage de ces fonds quand ils vous seront transférés et mis à votre disposition.Que DIEU bénisse Notre CollaborationMerci et à bientôt.Mme Colette BOUTHE

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