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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: "Clinton Badon." <"WWW.">
Reply-To: "Clinton Badon." <>
Date: Thu, 18 May 2017 08:53:58 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Good day dear Beneficiary,

Good day dear Beneficiary,

I have arrived into your country with your consignment box, Serial num; {xx0078} as you agreed with the Federal minister of finance republic of Benin, right now i am at Los Angeles International Airport California for processing and i need your current delivery information to avoid any wrong delivery because i was seriously
warned by the Benin new government, shortly after the processing of your consignment box, I will be coming direct to your home with your box.
Reconfirm this information to me as follows;

Your Full Name

Call me on my diplomatic roaming line for easy communication.+1931-287-2782 Or email ( )

Your urgent respond is needed.
Diplomat Clinton Badon.

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