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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.Jenet Dibor" <>
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2021 05:23:37 -0700
Subject: My Dear Friend


We received an email from this Mr. Michael Victor and his friend
Dr.Jerry Lawrence Richard. who said that you was give them the power
of attorney to make claims of your funds that you are not capable to
complete your transfer again, so we should transfer your funds to
their giving account and they promise to pay for the balance so that
we will be transfer your funds to them.

They said that they have an meting with you in some hours ago and you
give them this office email address that they should contact us and
let us know that you are the one who give your power of attorney to
them to make the claim on your behalf that you are not capable to
complete the transfer any longer We will like to hear from you before
we give them the order to make the payment of this $125.00 usd and we
will being divert your funds to them like they said you give them your
power of attorney to make claims of your funds ($2.5 million)

If you know that you are not the one who gave your power of attorney
to make the claim then go ahead and send this $125.00 usd through
Western Union or World Remit money transfer/Express Union to under

Receiver name; SHOLA FEMI
Country; Benin Republic
City; Cotonou
Text question; Sent
Answer; Yes
Amount; $125.00 usd
Sender?s name;

Mrs.Jenet Dibor
Email ( )

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