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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. Joe Howard" <>
Date: Wed, 7 Jun 2017 08:34:01 +0100

Hello my good friend

Good day and how are you today? Hope all is well with you and your
family? I am using this opportunity to inform you that this multi-
million-dollar business has been concluded with the assistance of
another partner from India who financed the transaction to a logical
conclusion. Due to your effort sincerity courage and trust worthiness
You showed during the course of the transaction.I have left ATM visa
Card for you worth of $1,200 000.00 cash-able anywhere in the world.

Contact: Pastor Paul Joseph.
Cotonou Benin Republic.
His email:

Therefore you should send him your full Name and telephone number/your
correct mailing address where you want him to send the bank check to
you. Thanks and God bless you and your family.

Hoping to hear from you.

Mr. Joe Howard

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