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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: "Jeannette Bryan" <>
Reply-To: "Jeannette Bryan" <>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2021 14:10:34 -0800
Subject: Greetings My Dearest,

Greetings My Dearest,
How are you today, together with your family, Hope fine? I would like to u=
se this opportunity to introduce myself to you. I am Miss Jeannette Bryan, =
From Benin Republic, West Africa. And my late parents are Mr. and Mrs. Dikk=
o Bryan ; my father was a highly reputable business magnet who operated in =
Benin Republic during his days.
I am writing this mail to you with tears and sorrow from my heart. With du=
e respect trust and humanity, I know this mail will come to you as a surpri=
se since we haven't known or come each other before, considering the fact t=
hat I sourced your email contact through the Internet in search of trusted =
person who can be trusted and assist me.
It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously in France during one of =
his business trips abroad. Though his sudden death was linked or rather sus=
pected to have been masterminded by an uncle of his who traveled with him a=
t that time. But God knows the truth! My mother died when I was just 6yrs o=
ld, and since then my father took me so special.
Before his death, he called me and informed me that he has the sum of Eigh=
teen Million Five Hundred United States Dollar (USD$18.500,000.00) left in =
fixed deposit account in one of the leading banks in Africa. He further tol=
d me that he deposited the money in my name, and also gave me all the neces=
sary but legal documents to this fund with the bank.
I am 24 years old and a university undergraduate and really don't know wha=
t to do. Now I want an account overseas where I can transfer this funds and=
after the transaction I will come and reside permanently in your country t=
ill such a time that it will be convenient for me to return back home if I =
so desire.
The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life. I also want to =
invest the fund under your care because I am ignorant of business world. I =
am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards. Your sugg=
estions and ideas will be highly regarded.
Now permit me to ask these few questions:
1. Can you honestly help me from your heart?
2. Can I completely trust you?
3. What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you af=
ter the money is in your account?
Please, consider this and get back to me as soon as possible.Immediately I=
confirm your willingness, i will send you my Picture and also inform you m=
ore details involved in this matter. Reply me on this email for more inform=
ation: ( )
Kind Regards,
Miss Jeannette Bryan.

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