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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:

Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:47:45 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: My dear greetings to you,

My dear greetings to you,

My name is Mrs.Aicha Shareef , from Benin Republic a widow. I lost my husband for so long ,he is a former Consular of the Benin embassy in Madrid,Spain I have been recently been diagnosed of Cancer of the pelvis. I am writing from my sick bed.There is this USD$17.2M (Seventeen Million Two Hundred Thousand American Dollars) my husband has in an account with the Africa Development Bank Benin Republic of which I am the next of kin. With my health  condition and because my husband and I have no children,

I am looking for a credible person to whom I will pass the right of next of kin. This person will apply to the bank and request for the transfer of the fund to his/her bank account. This is on the condition that you will take 25% of the fund for yourself, 5% used for expenses, while you will use the remaining 70% for the less privilege people in the society. this is in fulfilment of the last request of my husband that a substantial part of the fund be used to carter for the less privileged. I cannot do this my self any more.

I once asked members of my family to close one of my late husband bank accounts and donate the money which I have there to the less privilege people in the society; they refused and kept the money to themselves. Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seems not to be contended with what I have left for them.  If this condition is acceptable to you, you should contact me immediately with your full names and contact information so that I will ask our family lawyer to prepare the authorization that will give you the right of next of kin to  the account in the bank.

I will also give you a text of the application you are to send to the bank.I cannot predict what will be my faith by the time the fund will be transferred into your account, but you should please ensure that the fund is used as I have described above. Reply to my private email address, .

Best regards to you and your family,
Mrs.Aicha Shareef.

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