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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.Chantala Azizi" <>
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2017 19:03:18 -0400

Hello My Dear ,

Greetings to you,I crave your indulgence at this mail coming from somebody
you have not known before. I decided to do this after praying over the
situation. You should please consider the transaction on its content and
not the fact that you have not known me before. I need not dwell on how I
came by your contact information because there are many such possibilities
these days.

My name is Mrs. Chantala Azizi,from Benin Republic, widow to Late
Mr.B.Azizi (former Minister of Tourism and Culture Benin Republic). I have
been recently been diagnosed of Cancer of the pelvis. I am writing you
from my sick bed.

There is this USD$17.2M (Seventeen Million Two Hundred Thousand American
Dollars) my husband has in an account with the Africa Development Bank
Benin Republic of which I am the next of kin. With my health condition and
because my husband and I have no children, I am looking for a credible
person to whom I will pass the right of next of kin. This person will
apply to the bank and request for the transfer of the fund to his/her bank
account. This is on the condition that you will take 25% of the fund for
yourself, 5% used for any expenses, while you will use the remaining 70%
for the less privilege people in the society. This is in fulfillment of
the last request of my husband that a substantial part of the fund be used
to carter for the less privileged.

I cannot do this my self any more. I once asked members of my family to
close one of my late husband’s bank accounts and donate the money which I
have there to the less privilege people in the society; they refused and
kept the money to themselves. Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they
seem not to be contended with what I have left for them. If this condition
is acceptable to you, you should contact me immediately with your full
names and contact information so that I will ask our family lawyer to
prepare the authorization that will give you the right of next of kin to
the account in the bank. I will also give you a text of the application
you are to send to the bank.

I cannot predict what will be my fate by the time the fund will be
transferred into your account, but you should please ensure that the fund
is used as I have described above.

This is my private Email:

Best regards to you and your family,

Remain bless,
Yours sister,
Mrs.Chantala Azizi

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