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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: "Sir Benard Darlington" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2015 22:53:34 -0700


I am Benard Darlington, a highly placed official of the Spanish Custom Services. It may interest you to know that reports have reached our office by so many correspondences on the uneasy way which people like you are treated by Various Banks and Courier Companies across Europe to Africa, USA, Asia and we have decided to put a stop to it, These are the reasons is why I was appointed to handle the delivery of the consignment direct to you. Your funds has been sent to you through ATM MASTER CARD.

You are hereby advised not to remit further payment to any institutions here in Benin or London with respect to your transaction as your fund will be delivered to you directly from our DIPLOMAT who is now at Des Moines International Airport Iowa, United States. I hope this is clear. Any action contrary to this instruction is at your own risk. The ATM CARD contained US$1.2 Million. You have to email the diplomat right now on this information below :

Name : Mr. Tony Dalor

Respond to him immediately and Also call him as soon as you receive this email on phone no: 319-774-2744, so that you will be given an immediate response on how he can locate your house address for the delivery to you.

Best Regards,

Sir Benard Darlington
Phone: +229 99 71 27 23
Date: 19-08-2015

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