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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: "kossi benoit " <>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2020 04:07:32 -0700

I am Kossi Benoit, Finance and Account , Qatar Petroleum. I have $30m for Investment. Contact me if you are interested; I have all it takes to move the fund to any of your bank accounts as a Contract Fund to avoid any query by the authority .
Waiting for reply as soon as you receive this message with your details....Full Name,Mobile Number,Address and Occupation.
Finance and Account.
Qatar Petroleum PLC.
Email :

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Do not doubt this letter or disregard it as a Spam , as am ready to give you
attention until you receive this Fund.

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