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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 John Cole <>
Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2021 16:33:23 +0100
Subject: I Have Good News About Your Funds In Benin

Address. #191 Collenswood Road, Stevenage,SG2 9HE,England U.K.

Dear Friend,

I am Mr John Cole, a British national, am 65 years Old. I reside here
in Stevenage,England.My residential address is as follows.#191
Collenswood Road, Stevenage,SG2 9HE,England, am thinking of relocating
since I am now comfortable with my family.I am one of those that took
part in the United Nations Compensation program in Benin Republic many
years ago and they refused to pay me.

I had paid over $50,000 while in the United Kingdom, I have tried a
lot to get my funds but to no avail. So I decided to travel down to
Benin Republic with all my compensation documents, And I was directed
to meet Barrister Joe Kody, who is the member of COMPENSATION AWARD
AUTHORITY and a Human Rights Activist (Lawyer), and I contacted him
and he explained everything to me. He said whoever is contacting us
through emails are fake.

He said whoever is contacting us through emails is fake. He also took
me to the paying bank (INTER-MERCHANT SECURITY BANK) for the claim of
my compensation payment.

Right now, I am the happiest Man on earth because I have received my
compensation funds of $2,500,000.00 Us Dollars moreover, Barrister Joe
Kody showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive
their payments and i saw your email as one of the beneficiaries who
have not yet received their payment under CASE FILE 54AC003 and 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 off
you.Therefore, I would advise you to contact Barrister Joe Kody for
assistance and inform him that your CASE FILE is (54AC003). Contact
him directly via the information below.

Name : Barrister Joe Kody

You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting
you and telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in any way
with them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry
your pockets up until you have nothing.

The only money I paid after I met Barrister Joe Kody was just
($200usd) for the paper work,take note that i don't pay more than

Thank You and Be Blessed.

Mr. John Cole.
#191 Collenswood Road, Stevenage,SG2 9HE,England.

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