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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: "Tom Hanks." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2022 12:49:17 -0800

Attention Dear,
My name is  Tom Hanks I am a 65 year old US citizen, I live in Evansville, Indiana. My address is 1709 Seasons Ridge Blvd Evansville, IN 47715, USA. I'm thinking of moving. b'Cause now I'm a rich man, I was one of the scam victims who participated in the Compensation Awards Program in the United States and Europe many years ago and they refused to pay me. I paid over $27,500 to a scammer while in the US. to buy it all for the benefit so I decided to travel to Rome, Italy with all the compensation documents and I was told to contact Lawyer/Barrister  PETER BENSON , a member of the Compensation Awards Program, I contacted him through Email and he explained every detail to me. He said whoever contacted me now is a fake Pretend, he's the only one assigned to compensate me.
He took me to the bank to claim my compensation money. Right now I am the happiest man in the world because I have received $5,500,000.00 in compensation (Five Million and Five Hundred Thousand Dollars). In addition, Lawyer/Barrister  PETER BENSON shows all the information and a list of those who have not been paid and I saw your name and email address as one of the beneficiaries. This is why I decided to email you to stop dealing with those scammers. They don't have your money. They just extort money from you by trickery. I would advise you to contact Lawyer/Barrister  Noreen Bishop Hill now for assistance You must contact her directly through the personal email address below.
Contact Attorney:Legal consultant
Email Address:
You must stop dealing with scammers who contact you by email and phone saying that your money is with them. It's all lies and tricks that they only take advantage of you and they will continue to steal your money until you have nothing to show.
The only money I paid after meeting Lawyer/Barrister  PETER BENSON is 250 dollars. This is for working paperwork only please note that stop contacting scammers online or via email again. I suggest you contact Lawyer/Barrister  PETER BENSON , he will help you transfer your money to your bank account. Please stop dealing with those scammers all they do is ask for more and more money to complete your transaction which are all deceitful lies.
Best Regards
Mr Tom Hanks
Address: 1709 Seasons Ridge Blvd Evansville, IN 47715, USA

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