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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: "Raymond Taylor" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 23 Jul 2017 21:02:35 -0700


Dear Friend,
I am MR.RAYMOND TAYLOR director in charge of auditing and accounting
section of intercontinental bank of Benin cotonou Republic of Benin in
West Africa with due respect and regard.I have decided to contact you
on a business transaction that will be very beneficial to both of us
at the end of the transaction.

During our investigation and auditing in this bank,my department came
across a very huge sum of money belonging to a deceased person who
died in (beirut-bound charter jet) plane crash on the 21th December
2005 here in cotonou and since his untimely death the funds has been
dormant in his account with this Bank without any claim of the fund in
our custody either from his family or relation before our discovery to
this development.

Although personally,I keep this information secret within myself and
partners to enable the whole plans and idea be Profitable and
successful during the time of execution.The said amount was
usd$18.1m(Eighteen Million One Hundred Thousand Dollars).As it may
interest you to know,I got your impressive information through a
friends who works with the Ministry of Information here in Cotonou.He
recommended your person to me to be viable and capable to champion
this transaction without any problem.Meanwhile all the whole
arrangement to put claim over this fund as the bonafide next of kin to
the deceased has been put in place,more directives and needed
information will be relayed to you as soon as you indicate your
interest and willingness to assist us also benefit yourself to this
great business opportunity.

Infact I could have done this deal alone but because of my position in
this country as a civil servant,we are not allowed to operate a
foreign account and would eventually raise an eye brow on my side
during the time of transfer because I work
in this bank.This is the actual reason why it will require a second
party or fellow who will forward claims as the next of kin to the Bank
also present a foreign account where the fund will be transferred into
his request account as it may be after due verification and
clarification by the correspondent branch of the bank where the whole
fund will be remitted from.

May I at this point emphasize that this transaction is 100% risk free
as I have made a successful arrangements as an insider of the bank
before contacting you.On smooth conclusion of this transaction,you
will be entitled to 30% of the total sum as gratification, while 10%
will be set aside to take care of expenses that may arise during the
time of transfer also telephone bills, while 60% will be for me and my

Please,you have been adviced to keep this a top secret as we are still
in service and intend to retire from service after we conclude this
deal with you. I will be monitoring
the whole situation here in this bank until you confirm the money in
your account and ask us to come down to your country for subsequent
sharing of the fund according to percentages previously indicated and
further investment, either in your country or any country you advice

All other necessary information will be sent to you on your acceptance
to champion this transaction with me. I suggest you get back to me as
soon as possible on my personal email address stating your wish in
this deal.

Yours faithfully,

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