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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: "Abraham Beniam" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 3 Oct 2019 21:09:10 -0700
Subject: Attention


My name is Mr. Abraham Beniam. I am a Financial Consultant with the UNITED NATIONS. Be informing today that I have been packaged and arrange with our delivery officer to move $25,500,000.00 Million US Dollars (Twenty Five Million, Five Hundred Thousand United State dollars) through our diplomatic Connection to Madrid Spain for delivery to you.

The fund US$25.5M have been packaged in one hundred dollars Denomination as cash consignment and it is in one big metallic Suite box ready for delivery to you upon your arrival in Madrid Spain.

Keep me inform of your date of coming to Madrid Spain for the delivery in other instruct our delivery officer to move with the Cash Consignment to Madrid Spain to meet with you for delivery.

However, I want to inform you that the fund has a CODE CONDITION and this CODE CONDITION on the face of the fund will make the Consignment and the delivery officer to beat any electronic searching on transit and on arrival in Madrid Spain Airport. Our delivery officer will tell you how the CODE CONDITION on the face of the fund will be removing to make the fund spendable.

I look forward to your response to proceed if you’re interested.

Best Regards,
Mr. Abraham Beniam

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