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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.Linda Murphy" <>
Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2020 16:19:26 +0100
Subject: Mr.Jermaine Hopkins

Dear Friend.

How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family? You may not understand why this mail came to you. But if you do not remember me, you might may have receive an email from me in the past regarding a multi-million-dollar business proposal which we never concluded.

I am using this opportunity to inform you that this multi-million-dollar business has been concluded with the assistance of another partner from Sweden who financed the transaction to a logical conclusion. I thank you for your great effort to our unfinished transfer of funds into your account due to one reason or the other best known to you.

But I want to inform you that I have successfully transferred the funds out of my bank to my new partner's account in India that was capable of assisting me in this great venture. Due to your effort,sincerity,courage and trust worthiness You showed during the course of the transaction. I want to compensate you and show my gratitude to you with the sum of US$10,200,000.00. I have left a Bank Draft for you worth of US$10,200,000.00 cash able anywhere in the world.

My dear friend I will like you to contact my Account Officer Mr.Jermaine Hopkins on his direct email address at [] to facilitate the collection of your Bank Draft. I authorized him to release the Bank Draft to you whenever you contact him regarding for it. I and the new partner are having work at hand.

Please I will like you to comply with Mr.Jermaine's directives so that he will send the draft to you without any further delay.

CONTACT:Mr.Jermaine Hopkins
Account Officer, Cotonou,
Benin Republic,
His email address:

Therefore, you should send him directly your full information as stated

1.Your full Name
2.Your correct mailing address
3.Mobile Phone
7. A copy of Identity

Hoping to hear from you and kindly contact him through his

Thanks & Best Regards,
Mrs.Linda Murphy.
Have a nice day.
BP 81 Irede Mosque Cotonou Benin Republic.

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