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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: "Thomson Benedict" <>
Date: 04 Apr 2019 15:56:01 -0700
Subject: Don't let go this opportunity before you, let us share it.

Dear friend,

My name is Thomson Benedict, a Lawyer, Solicitor, expert in
corporate and legal claims with office in Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia, I am contacting you in regards to a deceased client who
died in an auto accident in March 2015, he was a prominent client
of mine and he happens to bare the same name with you. Before his
death, my client deposited ($25Million) in a Vault with a
financial institution here in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the said
money was for the execution of contract he secured from the
government of Malaysia but documents of the said deposit can only
be made by his relative or any family member. Unfortunately he
had no WILL at the time of his death and all our efforts made
revealed there no one to link as his family member. However, the
New Malaysia law on succession/claims of funds indicates the
duration in which such claims could be tolerated. I am not sure
if this is the case and I am not sure if I will be able to do so
sınce no one can be presented as hıs next of kın.

Hence, I have put in place all necessary requirements concerning
the release of these funds and it is my intention to introduce
this opportunity to you as the next of kın and beneficiary to my
late clıent. Please note that I am legally equipped with all
necessary information and documents regarding this fund and as
may be required also, but I can process the funds release as soon
as possible ıf I can present you as the next kın. so that
claiming will be immediate and upon successful claim and the
whole money paid then share the money at 50% for you and 50% for

Also for security reasons, I have decided not to add any more
information to this message, but immediately as you get in touch
with me, then I wıll be able to inform you on how this could be
executed and concluded. In conclusion, it's my concern to demand
your ultimate honesty, co-operation and confidentiality to enable
us to conclude this transaction and I "GUARANTEE" you that this
process will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will
protect your right without any breech of law.

So contact me immediately.

Thomson Benedict.

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