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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: Mrs Sara Benjamain <>
Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2018 11:09:55 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: GOOD NEWS From Mrs. Sarah Benjamin.

Congratulations to you and your family, in the name of Jesus, my name is Sarah Benjamain, I am a woman in the hospital, have decided to donate what I have to the poor charities in your country. I am a 71-year-old woman without a child and I have liver cancer since the past 4 years,right after my husband's death, Andrin Benjamain, director of TC Industries, gave up the late husband's fund for the charity project. I am about to give you under your care, as soon as I hear from you, I will give you more details.

You can contact me via my private email for more details.

Thank you.

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