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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: "Cynthia" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2017 01:16:07 -0800

Hello dear .
Its me Miss CYNTHIA the girl who you wanted to help long time ago about my late father fund which i was the next of kin to the fund when i was in refugee camp in Benin Republic.
How are you today and your health? Hope you are well ? I am happy to inform you about my success in getting my funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from london , now I'm in London for investment projects with my own share of the total sum. Meanwhile , I did not forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring this fund . therefore, I want you to get in contact with rev . father Camara in Benin republic with his, email Below,

St. John Baptist
01 B.P. 65, Gbegame
Cotonou Benin
Email ==== ( )

Ask him to send a checksum value ($650,000.00 ) Six hundred and fifty thousand U.S. dollars which i kept for your compensation for all your past efforts and try to help ; I appreciate your efforts at that time very much. so do not hesitate and contact with him and instruct him where to send the cheque to you . please let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy together after all the sufferings of the time. right now, I'm very busy here because of the investment projects which I and my new partner have at hand , so feel free to get in touch with Rev Father GODWIN.
thanks and God bless You real good.

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