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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: "Mrs. Peninnah Ariel Benaiah" <>
Date: Thu, 2 Sep 2021 09:31:22 +0100

Greetings in the name of Lord

My name is Mrs. Peninnah Ariel Benaiah, I am from Norway living in
Antigua and Barbuda North America I am sending you this mail with pain
in my health because I am dying of lung cancers for the past 1 year
and my husband died in the year 2013 by Ischemic heart disease and
Diabetes mellitus, I was married to my husband Mr. Benaiah Jeremiah
since 15 years without having any children, my husband has a small
Gold Mining company in Antigua and Barbuda. After his death I decided
to sale the company because my husband's family wanted to claim the
company and throw me out because I don’t have any children for my late

I know that this will be a surprise to you because you don’t know how
I got your email contact, I got your contact through my navigation in
the internet, I decided to contact you to stand as my next of kin to
claim the fund which I deposited in the bank the sum of €8,500,000
Eight million, Five hundred thousand Euros in a bank in Brussels the
capital city of Belgium in Europe The money was from the sale of his
company and death benefits payment and entitlements of my deceased
husband by his company.

My late lovely husband was a Muslim and I am a Christen and I believe
that we all serve one God so I have decided to donate this money for
the support of helping Motherless babies/Less privileged/Widows. Now I
want you to stand as my next of kin to claim the funds for charity
purposes. Because of this money remains unclaimed after my death, the
bank executives or the government will take the money as unclaimed
fund and maybe use it for selfishness and worthless ventures, I need a
very honest person who can claim this money and use it for Charity
works, for orphanages, widows for less privilege that will be named
after my late husband and my name.

I need your urgent answer to know if you will be able to execute this
project, and I will give you more information on how the fund will be
transferred to your bank account.

Mrs. Peninnah Ariel Benaiah

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