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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: " Dr.Ben Emeka" <"www.">
Reply-To: " Dr.Ben Emeka" <>
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2017 08:08:34 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Please i want to inform you that your fund was brought to my desk
this morning

Please i want to inform you that your fund was brought to my desk this morning

because the director of the Money Gram here in Republic of Benin said that they will divert your fund to the
government treasuries account,here in USA New Yoke City: just because that you refusedto pay for the transfer fee of your fund which is $350

But i told them to wait until,i hear from you today so that i will know the reason why you reject and
abandon such amount of money $3.9mm USD, which will change your life just because of $350

i want your urgent response as soon as you receive this email and tell me the reason why you have abandon your funds or if you are not
interested in it again then i can change your name to another person name, so that the government will not claim this funds

Please you have to get back to me with this contact information and i will tell you where and whom to send the $350 if you are really interested in receiving
your funds.

Best Regard
Dr.Ben Emeka
Tel Phone +229_ 99623806

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