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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 stephen henry <"www.">
Reply-To: mr stephe henry <>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:24:03 +0900 (JST)
Subject: this is Mr stephen henry the chief justice of supreme court of
Benin due republic

Good day dear,this is Mr stephen henry the chief justice of supreme court of Benin due republic, to make it short I want to inform you that this department and
president of this country both the administration trust fund and IMF we had a meeting last 5days ago about your fund which is here in my office therefore we have
concluded that your fund will be cancel since you are enable to pay the delivery fee but I pleaded on your behalf to contact you first and know if you still want your
fund or not before they can go ahead and cancel it and this will be the last time I will update you about this again so I need your urgent responds once you get this
massage or else you will loose you fund. Thanks Mr stephen henry

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