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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: <>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 05:05:43 -0000
Subject: Your payment will be sent to you as soon as you contact Mr.Frank


Contact my confidential secretary in Benin Republic.You might find it so
difficult to remember me. Though,it is indeed, a very long time. On my
singular, I am much delighted and privileged to contact you again,after couple
of years now. It takes fate, courage and God's fearing to remember old friends
and at the same time, to show gratification,despite circumstances that made
things,not worked out as we projected then.

I take this liberty to inform you that, the transaction we were pursing
together, finally worked out by God's infinite mercy and I decided to contact
you, just to let you know. You are advised to stop any further communication
with your local representative(s),any officials(s) department whom may call
you or e_mail you concerning the check draft worth the sum of $980,000, and
accept Mr.Frank Dominic.

You are advise not to accept any fax or telephone calls that does not come
from him also because he is the only person I left the order how to deliver
the check or draft to you,and you may contact him immediately you received
this message for more information through the instruction I left,I have
conscience as a human being, due to your tremendous effort and contribution to
make things work out in retrospect.

Meanwhile, I must inform you that, I am presently in Australia for business
negotiations and establishment.I just arrived yesterday night and checked in a
hotel and decided to go down to the hotel business centre to mail you.

Now, with my sincere heart, I have raised and signed an International
Cashier's Bank Draft, to the tune of USD$980,000.00,in your name as
compensation to your dedication,humanity and contribution, as it were.Please,
contact now, my confidential secretary,

His name is Mr.Frank Dominic ,Secretary
His telephone number:+22998973638
E-mail address:

Your full name & address,
Your telephone number.

He will advise you further about the shipment of the ICBD to your Residence
Address or Office Address you may provided.Feel free to reach him via his very
mail address.Most importantly, the ICBD has only validity period of 21 banking
days.So, your early response to that effect, shall be admired.You have to mind
the days on route shipment. Forward your full information where he will
deliver the check to you.

Sincerely, yours,
Barrister.Benjamin Edward,
Your payment will be sent to you as soon as you contact Mr.Frank

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