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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.Abraham Benaim. <>
Date: Sat, 5 Aug 2017 23:34:09 +0300
Subject: Dear Sir/Madam

Dear Sir/Madam

Based on the good recommendation i was fed about you by one of the official of the bank where you have
an account compelled me to write you this day. I have a very good business proposal for you which will be
of a great interest for which upon your timely confirmation of this mail,I will furnish you details/ My client
want to invest USD$34.8M or grant it as a loan to you for mutual investment benefit etc.

I await your confirmation of this mail for more detail info.

Best regards.
Mr.Abraham Benaim.

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