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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: Donald James <>
Reply-To: Donald James <>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:35:57 +0900 (JST)


We received an email from this Mr. Michael Victor Damien and his friend Dr
Jerry Lawrence Richard. who said that you was give them the power of
attorney to make claims of your funds that you are not capable to complete
your  transfer again, so we should transfer your funds to their giving
account and they promise to pay for the balance  so that we will be
transfer your funds to them.

They said that they have an meting with you in some hours ago and you give
them this office email address that they should contact us and let us know
that you are the one who give your power of attorney to them to make the
claim on your behalf that you are not capable to complete the transfer any

We will like to hear from you before we give them the order to make the
payment of this $68 and we will being divert your funds to them like they
said you give them your power of attorney to make claims of your funds
($2.5 million)

If you know that you are not the one who gave your power of attorney to
make the claim then go ahead and send this $68 to under below

Receiver Name/ Ekene Ora
Country / Benin Republic
Test Question/ Urgent
Answer / Yes.
Amount To Be Send / $68
Sender Name………

Note if we didn't heard from you today to confirm then we shall transfer
your funds to them as they said

Treat as urgent and serious matter.

From Federal Ministries of
Benin Republic.
Tel:::: +229 67901883

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