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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:

Date: Tue, 05 Sep 2017 00:42:33 -0700

Dear Friend ,

I am personal representative to my Late Client Eng John, A national of your country, and the CEO of his own Construction Company here in Benin Republic West Africa. On the 30th of May 2011, my client, His wife and their only daughter were involved in a car accident Along express-high way, Unfortunately, they all lost their lives.

I have made several inquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended relatives but this has proved Unsuccessful. Before his death the Ministry of public works Benin (MTPT) is owing him the
sum of Ten Million Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollar Only)

US$10.800.000 Only, for a contract he executed for the Ministry before his death. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to track His last name over the Internet, to locate any member of his
Family hence I contacted you. I have contacted you to assist in Repatriating this money from the Ministry (MTPT )before the money and property he left behind gets confiscated by the Ministry as unclaimed

I want to present you as the next of kin for the inheritance fund transfer to your account for onward sharing between the both of us 50% to you and 50% for me. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. to enable me give you more details.Please kindly reply through my private email box for more information,

Your Full Name and Address,
Your Age : Occupation and Position,
Your Private Email : Address
Your Telephone and Mobile for Communication Purpose

I await your reply via my private email:

Best Regards.

William Tanner

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