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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: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 13:38:25 +0100
Subject: Good Day???

Greeting To You,

I am happy to inform you about my success in getting those fund
transferred under the help of my new partner from Israel. Presently
I'm in Israel for investment projects with my own share of the fund.
meanwhile, I didn't forget your past efforts and all the attempts you
made to assist me despite that it failed us some how.

Now, I want you to contact my secretary for your ATM card which I kept
for your compensation for your past effort to assist me, his name is
-JAMES---BILL----- in Benin Republic email address: { } ask him to send you the ATM card valued
$2.4 Million USD which I kept for your compensation for all your past
efforts and attempts you made to assist me in the past transfer. I
appreciated your efforts at that time very much.

so feel free and get in touched with my secretary JAMES BILL and
instruct him where to send the ATM card to you, do tell me know once
you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the suffering
at that time.


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