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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: Douglas Hool <"www.">
Reply-To: Douglas Hool <>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 10:17:30 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attn Fund Owner

Good day to you dear, how are you doing today? Am hereby to inform you that the Benin Republic Government has concluded to pay out your Compensation Fund sum of $ $1.5MillionUSD through Wells Fargo Easy Pay Card, you will be withdrawing $5000.00Thouand Dollar’s daily until you receive the complete Amount.

You can get the Card from any nearby shop then Activate it to Online after that you send us the complete details of the Card together with the Online access security Question and answer, to enable us start Loading the Card without further delay.

Make sure you activate the Card to Online once you buy it also don’t forget to send the complete details of the Card to avoid delay on the Transfer to the Card Account, no charge is needed to be pay, You will receive your Compensation Fund once you are able to buy this Wells Fargo Easy Pay Card at any shop there in your Country.

Make sure you activate it after baying it they sell it $25 Dollars then email me the complete details of the Card together with the online access security Question and Answer, get back to me once you receive my email.

Best Regard,
Douglas Hool
Payment Manager.

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