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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: Russel Amira <>
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2021 01:53:56 -0700
Subject: My Dear Good Friend

My Dear Good Friend
I crave your indulgence at this mail coming from somebody like me,
whom you do not know before. I decided to do this after praying over
my present Situation. You should please consider the transaction on
its content and not the fact that you have not known me before. I need
no a a aat dwell on how I came by your contact information because
there are many such possibilities these days. I would like to
introduce myself as MRS.RUSSEL AMIRA from Republic of Benin in West
Africa, a widow to Late MR.RISHDI AMIRA, a former Consular of the
Benin Embassy.

I have recently been diagnosed of Cancer of the Pelvic and attending
my medical treatment at St Victoria Private Clinic here in Benin
Republic. I am writing to you now from my sick bed because of how this
transfer is urgent to me. There is US$18.5 (Eighteen Million Five
Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) my husband has in an account
with the AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK here in Cotonou Benin Republic, of
which I am the next of kin. With my health condition and because my
husband and I have no children, I am looking for a credible person
that will not betrayed me whom i will pass the right of next of kin.
This person will apply to the bank and request for an immediate
release of the fund to his/her bank account. This is on the condition
that you will take only 30% of the fund for yourself, 10% used for
expenses, while you will use the remaining 60% for the less Privilege
people in the society.

I will issue you my late husband STANDING ORDER WILL which he wrote
and deposited a copy to the bank before he died which my appointed
next of kin have to present a copy to the bank as the real appointed
person before the bank will release the fund into his account, which i
promise to issue you a copy of the STANDING ORDER WILL to proceed for
the release of the fund, not only that, my late husband have already
prepared all the necessary Document which are needed on the time of
transfer and is now with the African development Bank such as
ORIGIN which the bank will release to you According to my late husband
instruction as soon as you have contact the Bank for the fund release.

This is in fulfillment of the last request of my husband: that a
Substantial part of the fund be used to carter for the less
privileged. If This condition is acceptable to you; you should get
back to me immediately With your full names and contact information as
indicated below so that I Will use your contact to write to my bank
here immediately to inform them That my appointed next of kin will
contact them for an immediate release Of the fund so that they will be
ready waiting for you to contact them.

I will also ask our family lawyer to prepare an authorization letter
that will give you the right of next of kin to the deposited fund with
the bank. I will also give you a letter of release which you will fill
and send to the bank for the release of the fund. I cannot predict
what will be my fate by the time the fund will be transferred into
your account, but you should please ensure that the fund is used as i
have described above.

Kindly send your information immediately as stated below.

1. Your Full Name/ Full Address
2. Your Age/ Sex
3. Your Marital Status
4. Your Occupation
5. Your Mobile Numbers

Thank you and May God bless you.


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