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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: Benjamin Domini <>
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2021 06:15:05 -0700
Subject: This Message Is From ; Mr Benjamin Domini Good Day

Date: 16/10/2021

Hello my friend.

I have left a certified international bank draft,which is under
insurance with United Bank for Africa for you worth of $1,2 million,

How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family?, You may
not understand why this mail came to you. But if you do not remember
me, you might have receive an email from me in the past regarding a
multimillionaire business proposal which we never concluded. I am
using this opportunity to inform you that this multimillionaire
Business has been concluded with the assistance of another partner
from Thailand who financed the transaction to a logical conclusion.

I thank you for your great effort to our unfinished transfer of fund
into your account due to one reason or the other best known to you.
But I want to inform you that I have successfully transferred the fund
out of my bank to my new partner's account in Thailand that was
capable of assisting me in this great venture. Due to your
effort,Sincerity, courage and trust worthiness you showed during the
course of the transaction. I want to compensate you and show my
gratitude to you with the sum of $1,2million.

I have left a certified international bank draft,which is under
insurance with United Bank for Africa for you worth of $1,2 million,
cash able anywhere in the world. My dear friend I will like you to
contact my secretary Mr; Aguna Lerimbr, on his direct email address
{ for the collection of your bank draft. I
authorized him to release the Bank draft to you whenever

You contact him regarding the draft. At the moment, I'm very busy here
because of the investment projects, which I and the new partner are
having at hand. Please I will like you to accept this with good faith
as this is from the bottom of my heart, Also comply wit .Mr. Aguna Ag
Lerimbr,.directives so that she will send the draft to you without
any Delay.

CONTACT:Mr. Aguna Ag Lerimbr,
My Secretary,
Her email address

Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hoping to hear from you
after you received your cheque so that we can share the joy together

Mr. Benjamin Domini
Yours Faithfully

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