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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: law office <>
Reply-To: law office <>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2014 19:41:11 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: My Dear,

 Avocat Romain K.DossouCouncilor At LawAv Steinmetz 01 BP 4959Tel:
My Dear,
My Name is Mr. Romain K.Dossou, a Private lawyer to Late Ing.Michael, a national of your country, who used to work as the Director of patrollers total Benin, on 31st of July 2012 my client and his family were involved in a car accident unfortunately lost their lives, my client had an account valued at about $12.5M (Twelve Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) deposited in Bank here in Benin Republic i want to present you as the next of kin to my late client so that this amount will be paid to your account or new account you may chose to provide anywhere as legal beneficiary since you have the same last name , then you and i will share it 50% to you and 50% to me. So if you are interested on this transaction, i need your email address, telephone number age and your occupation/position send it to my private email: ( so that I will send more details to you on how we are to work together for the transfer intoyour account . Thanks and God Bless Tel: +229-68990512
Best RegardsRomain K.Dossou Esq.

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