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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: Mon, 20 Aug 2018 21:56:14 +0100
Subject: Please Help The Less Privilege

Benevolence Home Welfare Organization [BHWO]
Tel: 002348129553739, 002349068323738


We humbly and respectfully appeal to you to sponsor Benevolence Home
Welfare Organization [BHWO]. We are non-governmental, non-sectarian
and non-profit organization initiating a network of projects and
programmes all base in restoring hope to the aged and orphans who has
nobody to take care of them and also to assist the less privilege in
our society including poverty reduction and empowerment programmes.
At Benevolence Home Welfare Organization, we encourage and empower
young people to become active global citizens. We support them to make
a real difference on issues such as empowerment of unemployed and
global poverty alleviation.

You can support BHWO through the following ways:
[1] Free Travel
[2] Material contribution / donation
[3] Financial contribution
[4] Planned Giving, such as wills
[5] Prayer
Note: Your donation to BHWO will help to subsidize the cost of our
projects and programs.
In pursuance of our objectives, we tend to partner with individuals,
NGO’s, Civil Societies, Government and Corporate bodies etc.
Method of payment:
1- Bank: Zenith bank PLC
A/C Name: BHWO
A/C No.: 1015012815
Country: Nigeria
2- Perfect Money: U14575068
Thanks and may God bless you as you help the less privilege.

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