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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: Thu, 21 Oct 2021 12:21:17 +0100
Subject: Attention: May Your Soul Rest Nn Peace (AMEN)

Attention: ,

My name is MR. KELLY WIDEMAN I am the manager of (I.G) from the
Federal Inspection Service Benin republic, am here to inform you that
a man came to our office this morning his name is Mr. Terry William he
told us that he is your brother from your country he said that you
are dead. Mr. Terry William said that you die two months ago in a car
accident on your way going to work and before your death you told him
that you have an funds worth of $2.8million dollars and he came here
with $145 dollars the activation fee of the funds to activate the
funds and collect it.

If real you are dead may your soul rest in perfect peace AMEN, but if
you are alive please due call me on this phone number ( +229 67206750)
and get back to me with the $145 dollars activation fee today okay.
OUR LORD JESUS say that i am the bread of life whoever comes to me
will never be hungry again .whoever believes in me will never be
thirst .john 6:35.

If I did not hear from you today with the activation fee then I will
collect the $145 dollars activation fee from Mr. Terry William and
hand the funds transfer over to him okay.

Below is the information to send the $145 dollars activation fee via

Receiver Name
Country ….. Benin Republic
City ….. Port-Novo
Text Question ….. Yes
Text Answer ….. Yes
Amount ….. $145 usd
MTCN …..
Sender Name …..
Sender Country …..
Do have a wonderful day if you are alive but if you are dead may your
soul rest in peace (AMEN)

Your FullName.......
Your Country........
Your City............
Your Telephone Number.........
The Amount YouLost..........

Yours Faithfully

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