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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:

Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2021 05:48:15 +0100

Good day,

I am Mrs.Ruby Bega; I am a US citizen, 57 year Old. I reside in the
State of California 92505. My residential address is as follows United
States 11337 Parkdale Dr.Riverside, California 92505, United States,
am thinking of moving since I am now wealthy, I am one of those that
took part in the Compensation fund in Cotonou, Benin Republic West
Africa many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over
us$37,000.00 while in the United State, trying to get my payment all
to no avail.

So, I decided to travel down to West Africa precisely Cotonou,Benin
Republic with all my compensation documents, and I was directed to
meet Barrister AY, Ahmed Yakubu, who is the member of OUTSTANDING
PAYMENT AWARD COMMITTEE and a Human Rights Activist and I contacted
him and he explained everything to me. He said that whoever that is
contacting us through emails are fake.

He took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation fund
payment Right now I am the happiest woman on earth because I have
received my compensation funds amounting to $756,000.00USD.Moreover,
Barrister AY, Ahmed Yakubu showed me the full information of those
that won lottery and those whose inheritance had not been paid and the
list of all outstanding contractor that were owed that are yet to
receive their payments in Benin Republic,Ghana and South Africa, and I
saw your information's as one of the scam victims, that is why I
decided to email you to stop dealing with those people, they are not
with your fund, they are only making money out of you. I will advise
you to contact Barrister AY, Ahmed Yakubu directly on this information
below, Kindly send your personal details to him to prove your

Name : Barrister AY, Ahmed Yakubu
email: (

Send all your information to him for his confirmation and you are free
to call him and tell him you were directed by Mrs Ruby Bega

Full Name:
Home Address:
Phone Number:

You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting
you and telling you that your fund is with them, they are not
Government officials it is not in anyway with them, they are only
taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have
nothing.Take Note,the only money I paid after I met Barrister AY,
Ahmed Yakubu was just $200.00 for the paper works of my ATM MASTER
CARD, take note of other fee again had i known earlier i
wouldn't have paid $37,000.00 for nothing, God is great to me for
blessing me through Barrister AY, Ahmed Yakubu.

Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact
Barrister AY, Ahmed Yakubu so that he can help you to deliver your
fund in an ATM MASTER CARD instead of dealing with those liars that
will be turning you around asking for different kind of money to
complete your transaction

You can as well contact me through my details below.

Thank You and Be Blessed.

Mrs Ruby Bega
11337 Parkdale Dr.
Riverside, California 92505

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