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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. Goodluck Mark" <>
Reply-To: ben <>
Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2018 23:15:19 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Good Day My Good Friend

Good Day My Good Friend.

It is my pleasure to reach you after our unsuccessful attempt on our business transaction. Well, I just want to use this medium to thank you very much for your earlier assistance to help me in receiving the funds.

I am obliged to inform you that I have succeeded in receiving the funds with the help of a new partner from South America Mr. Alfredo Gomez Castillo. Everything was perfectly done because we strike a deal with one of the Lady Accountant who works with the Federal Ministry of Finance (FMF), and she rendered a tremendous help to us. My new partner initiated this idea and everything worked out successfully.

In appreciation of your earlier assistance to me in receiving the funds, I have decided to compensate you with the sum of US$1,500.000.00(One Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in a cashiers Bank Draft, this is from my own share. I did this simply to show appreciation to you for your kind support and assistance even though we couldn't succeed due to some unforeseen circumstances. Presently, I am in Brazil for investment project with my own share under the advice of my partner.

In the light of the above, you are therefore to contact my Secretary in Cotonou Benin Republic his name is Mr. Ben Edward. and do send him your contact address such as Your Full Name, Address,Country, and Telephone Number where you want the Bank Draft to be sent to you. Stated below is the contact information of my Secretary:

Mr. Ben Edward.
E-mail Address: { }
Mobile: +22965613976

So, feel free to get in touch with him to send the Bank Draft to you without any delay ok.

With my best regards,
Dr. Goodluck Mark

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