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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: "Thomas Bluero" <>
Date: Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:52:17 -0800
Subject: Dear Friend,

Hello My Dear Friend,

Good day to you. It is my pleasure to write you today, I am Mr. Thomas Bluero, I work with United Bank for Africa, Benin Rep. (UBA). I got your contact via a classified directory of business specialists of your Country’s economy. I hope that you will not expose or betray the trust and confidence that am about to repose in you for the benefit of both our families, am in need of your help as a foreigner to transfer the sum of US$10.350 Million (Ten Million, Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) into your bank account, risk is completely 100 % free.

Please, I will like you to keep this proposal as a top secret or delete it from your mail box if you are not interested. Also note that you will have 40% of the above mentioned sum if you agree to transact this business with me, while 60% will be for me. I will give you full details of this transaction immediately you notify me of your interest by sending your data to me. Waiting for your early response & you can only reply me through my private email address.

Your Full Name:

Your address and Country:

Your Age:

Direct Phone Number:

Copy of your passport or ID card.

Waiting for your positive response.

Thanks and best regards

Mr. Thomas Bluero
(Senior Account Supervisor)
Cotonou, Benin
Phone: +229 99747242

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