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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. Angela Benjamin" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2019 18:18:17 -0700
Subject: Can You manage and Handle this Fund ******

Beloved ,
I am Mrs. Angela Benjamin , an aging widow Suffering from long time cancer illness. I Have some funds I inherited from my late husband, the sum of (3,243,728.00 US Dollars) Three Million Two Hundred and Forty Three Thousand Seven Hundred and Twenty Eight United States Dollars and I need a very honest and God fearing person That Will use this fund to help the poor. I have contacted you with faith and trust, hopping That You won't disappoint me. Please if you Would Be reliable to use this fund for the good work of God and h humanity, kindly reply me as soon as possible. Your delay in Responds Will make me search for reviews of another person.
I hope to hear from you soonest. Please reply to : for more details
Thank you and God Bless you.
Yours dearest sister,
Mrs. Angela Benjamin

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