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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: mr mark william <>
Reply-To: mr mark william <>
Date: Sat, 20 Feb 2016 15:39:24 +0700 (WIB)
Subject: Attention


Your overdue payment sum of $3,500,000.00 usd has been released today from Federal High Court Benin and we are hereby to let you know that the first payment of $5000 with the MTCN: 819-552-3882 have been transferred to your Name for you to pick up but you have to pay the sum of $100usd to activate it before you can pick up the $5000 .contact now so that we can give you the Receivers name to send the activation fee and collect your $5000 immediately within 45 minutes. Again we give you 12hrs to respond and after 12hrs you did not respond we can cancel your payment file and return the total fund to Government Treasury Account kindly contact mr mark william for your payment,

Contact information:
Name: mr mark william,
Tele: +229-68653987

Respond as soon as you receive this massage we are waiting,


mr mark william
Director Federal Ministry Of,
Finance Benin Republic,

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