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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. Angela Benjamin " < >
Date: Sat, 09 Jul 2016 01:14:06 +0800
Subject: ###Can you receive and manage this fund ? ###


I don't want you to feel sorry for me, because, I Believe Everyone will di=
e someday. My name is Mrs. Angela Benjamin ,I have been diagnosed with esop=
hageal cancer.
I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul so, I have decided to g=
ive alms to charity organizations, as I want this to be one of the last goo=
d deeds I do on earth. So far, I have distributed money to some charity org=
anizations in the Oman, Yemen and Syria. Now that my health has deteriorate=
d so badly, I cannot do this myself anymore.
I once asked members of my husband family to close one of my accounts and =
distribute the money which I have there to charity organization in Bulgaria=
and Pakistan, they refused and kept the money to
Themselves. Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be con=
tended with what I have left for them. The last of my money which no one kn=
ows of is the huge cash deposit of united state dollars $3,243,728.00 US Do=
llars ( Three Million, Two Hundred and Forty Three Thousand, Seven Hundred =
and Twenty Eight United States Dollars) which is been deposited with a bank =

I will want you to dispatch it to charity organizations if only you will b=
e sincere. Get back to me if you are interested in carrying out this task, =
so that he can arrange the release of the funds to you.
Email:( )
Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Angela Benjamin=20

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