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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: "Abaa John," <> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 08:07:32 -0300
Subject: Good Day,

Good Day,

This is to let you know that I have deposited your Check US$980,000,00
(Nine hundred and Eighty thousand us dollars) to western union money
transfer head office Benin Republic. All you have to do now is to contact
the (
so they will give you direction on how you will be receiving your Fund
daily. My agreement with them is $10,000 daily until the whole
US$980,000,00 is transfer complete.

Note you are not expected to pay for the transfer fee or any Certificate
fee because all the fee is already deducted from the total funds. The only
money you will send to the western union office Benin Republic before they
will release you first payment information is activation fee which is
$59,00. only,

Email them with your full address where you want them to transfer the total
fund to you accordingly Also ask them to give you address where to send
them the activation fee $59,00. the contact person is DR DAVID GREEN,

Thank you.
Abaa John,

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