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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: "Mrs, Rose Mark" <"www.">
Reply-To: "Mrs, Rose Mark" <>
Date: Wed, 5 Jul 2017 17:26:00 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention: Please,

01 Bp 1478 Cotonou. Benin Republic
Tele phone: +229 98648595
Direct Address(

Attention: Please,

A power of attorney was forwarded to our office this morning by one gentle man and he is a citizen from united state of America and his name is Mr. Richard S. Goldberg This man claimed to be your representative and this power of attorney stated that you are dead after brief illness and he brought account to replace your information in other to claim your fund of $15.8 million us dollars which is now lying dormant and unclaimed, below is the new account he have submitted:

City Bank
Account# / 6503809428.
Address 1076 Peter Johnson Road
New York, USA,

Be further informed that this power of attorney also stated that you suffered and died of a throat cancer. You are therefore given 24hrs to confirm the truth in this information, If you are still alive, You are to contact us back immediately, Because
we work 24 hrs just to ensure that we monitor all the activities going on in regards to the transfer of beneficiaries inheritance and contract payment.

You are to call this office immediately for clarifications on this matter as we shall be available 24 hrs to speak with you and give you the necessary guidelines on how to ensure that your payment is wired to you immediately and also be inform that any further delay from your side could be dangerous, as we would not be held responsible for any wrong payment. Contact us as soon as possible if you are truly alive as we have his identification and residence he provide for us to wired the payment to him.

The total amount you have is $15,8 Million USA Dollars. Here is the information’s to send the money so that we will help you complete it because the $95.00 is only money you have to send until you receive all your payment complete, Send the money through western union money transfer below:

Receivers Name:.DAN BEN
Country ...Benin Republic
City ....Cotonou
Test Question....OK
Answer ...YES
AMOUNT to send:... $95.USD

I am looking forward to hear from you right way because i hate any thing promise and fail, The amount you have to send now is $95.00 but please make sure that you send the money once you receive this mails so that we will give the full information’s
for you to pick up the first payment immediately. After you send the needed $95.00 before we can give you full information’s to pick it up today.

I swear to God almighty Father. If I fail to release your payment within 2hours after you send the $95.00 as I promise you that you receive, please I am expecting you with western union payment information’s so that the transfer will commence immediately without further delay because i believe that we will conclude this transaction successful this year. As you can see that I swear against because this transaction and also to show you the honest and truth I am if i confirmed that you are

Meanwhile you are advice to reconfirm your detail such as
Your full name...........
Your full Address......
And your current working telephone number............

Thank you.
Mrs, Rose Mark
International Monetary Funds Payment Office.
Republic Du Benin

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