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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: "Mr.  Jules Simon" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2019 12:40:17 +0100
Subject: RE: Re: Your ($1,200,000.00) Visa Card.

Hello My Friend ,

Compliment of the season and happy new year in advance.

I was shock that you never response any of my message to you with regards to the $1,200,000.00 which was freely giving to you as donation from IMF in which you fail to comply with the  bank directive to claim the funds because of may be your unbelieve to get this hugh amount free of charge.

I want to let you know that, because of the transfer policy has obligated by the Governor of Central Bank of Benin Republic and Ministry of Economics and Finances of Benin Republic to avoid much tax that will arise from EU and FATF, European Union Commission And Financial Action Task Force from you, I am happy to inform you that your funds has been Credited into  ATM Visa Card to less the cost in tax for easy access to the funds by you.

I have since  collected your payment  Atm Visa Card and drop with Ms. Juliet Grace to be delivered to you. I did this because I was unable to make the funds transfer to your bank account in your country as the reason giving above.However, you are advise to contact Ms. Juliet Grace along with your address to avoid wrong delivery of your parcel. So,forward the following information Your Name, Your Delivery Address, Your Phone Number.

Contact:  Ms. Juliet Grace
Cotonou Benin Republic.
His email:
Tel: +229 65 69 75 97

Contact him immediately to receive your payment card as I am on my way outside the country.

Mr.  Jules Simon

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