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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: Kerry Duffie <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:06:41 -0600
Subject: fw:This is for intimate of a very important information pinakoti

Good day!

This is for intimate of a very important information that will be of great help so that you will redeem from all the difficulties you have been experiencing in getting your long overdue payment due toexcessive due money to you by both corrupt bank officials and Messaging after which your outstanding fund to pay you.

International Monetary Fund (IMF). You may be interested to know that reports have come to our office by so many correspondence in the awkward way that people like you are treated by various banks and courier companies across Europe to Africa and Asia, and we have decided to end that and Which is why I was appointed to handle your transaction here in Nigeria.

All government and non-governmental parasites, NGOs, financial companies, banks, security companies and courier companies that have been in contact with you in recent times have been instructed to back up your transaction and you have been advised not to Respond to them more post the IMF is now directly in charge of your payment. You are hereby advised not to remit the additional payment to any institution regarding your transaction as your fund will be Assigned to you directly from our source. I hope this is clear. Any action contrary to this instruction is at your own risk.

And the only money they are too paying for Reverend. Cole's is only $ 185 USD for paper works, take note of it. Once again stop contacting these people, I will advise you to contact the Reverend. Benson Cole so he can help you transfer your fund into your account, instead of dealing with those liars who will be turning up and down.

In support of my mail, then also, every time I receive any kind of email similar to the one I sent you this first time I contacted you or anyone, I want you to not respond to it and you should Transmitted to the self. Be sure you have to be a ground ploy from the bank doing some research to see if you are also going to jump at the proposal opportunity.

This is a way of conducting research on the legitimacy of the claim they are making to the fund. So every time I receive an email similar to the one I sent you the first time, even the FBI or the IMF, even nobody at all, I ask you not to respond to it. All you need to do is resend it to me. No matter who never comes, you should keep it in mind. It is a ground investigation under the office and the bank.

Respond to this email at ( with immediate effect and we will give you more details on how your fund will be released.

I also call as soon as the e-mail sent to you will be given an immediate response:

Contact Agent: Rev Benson Cole
number: +2347080814390

Kerry Duffie

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