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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: "Mrs. Bronwyn Van Es." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 2 Dec 2015 04:26:10 +0100
Subject: ***wahrsch. SPAM*** Dear Friend

Dear Friend.
You might find it difficult to remember me again though it has not been quite a long time, I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from Scotland Mr Diane Morrison.
Presently, I'm in Saudi Arabia for the purpose of investing my own share of the money, considering your effort during those trying period though it did not workout, I have raised a [ BAD]in your name as your COMPENSATION but handed it over to a very good friend of mine in Benin Republic Mr Ian Murdoch.
There fore now, I want you to contact Dr Ramon Kito on the information
below, he is the Transfer/Foreign Remittance Director of ORABANK or UBADU BENIN for him to advise you on how to send you the ONE MILLION EURO INTERNATIONAL CASHIER BOND BANK DRAFT compensation fund.
Kindly provide your full Contact information for more details:
FULL NAMES.................
PHONE NUMBER..........
Let me know once you have received your fund to enable us share the joy
Thanks and may God bless you.
Mrs. Bronwyn Van Es
Kindly Contact Dr Ramon Kito with this email at: ,

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