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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: Melania Trump <>
Reply-To: Melania Trump <>
Date: Mon, 2 Oct 2017 18:52:52 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From Mrs.Melania Trump

How are you today?

am Mrs Melania Trump.First Lady of the United States. How are you &
your  family today? hope fine. This is the second notice we are sending
to you in
regards to your Bank Cheque Draft.

I am written to
inform you about your Bank Cheque Draft brought by the United Embassy
from the government of Benin Republic in the white house Washington DC 
which contains the sum of $2.500,000.00 us dollars credited from the
bank of  America, the delivery of your funds has been mandated to be
deliver to your address today to you as soon as you get back to me with
your home address and  your cell phone number.

Bear in mind that I
have taking my time to be in charge of your funds as  instructed by my
husband to ensure that you received your funds successfully
from the
white house to reduce
the economy and I’m the only one that has your  funds in regard to my
husband Mr. Donald John Trump and you will have to pay the sum of
$68.00.00 only before your Bank Cheque Draft will deliver to you Today,
the reason why the fee is required is to have your funds clearance
paper  from the origin of the funds to avoid any harassment from the
authority and you  are also expecting to be announce as winner of the
said amount by Wednesday as soon as your fund is delivered to you.

you are urgent advised to get back to me with your home address and
also the  payment information today for immediate effect of your
delivery. Note that the  $68.00 is the only fee and final payment you
have my assurance.

However, according to our agreement with the
originated Benin Republic, all our  communications should be on email
for record purpose so follow my instruction  accordingly, even if you
don’t have the $68.00
try to borrow it and send it immediately because this is your life
opportunity and I don’t want you to lose the chance any more.

I will advice you to urgent make the payment this morning via western 
union or money gram money transfer to the listed cashier information as
instructed you by the originated authority.

I will look forward to received  your email today with the payment to
enable the origin secure the required clearance papers required at White House Benin to deliver your funds. Note that  it will take only 14hrs
to deliver your Bank Cheque Draft in receipt of the $68.00 payment.

Please find the payment details below to send the $68.00 via western union or money gram Ria money transfer.

Receiver Name:....... Marco Dani
Country:....... Benin Republic
City:....... Cotonou
Amount: $68.00 USA
MTCN reference number............
I look forward to your respond to your email with the payment today.

Mrs.Melania Trump
the First Lady of the United States,
The White House
(Official Residence of the President of the USA)
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington DC 20500 USA

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