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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. Peninnah Ariel Benaiah" <>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2022 09:53:33 -0700
Subject: I need your urgent respond


Greetings in the name of Lord

My name is Mrs. Peninnah Ariel Benaiah, I am from Norway living in Antigua
and Barbuda North America I am sending you this mail with pain in my health
because I am dying of lung cancers for the past 1 year and my husband died
in the year 2013 by Ischemic heart disease and Diabetes mellitus, I was
married to my husband Mr. Benaiah Jeremiah since 15 years without having
any children, my husband has a small Gold Mining company in Antigua and
Barbuda. After his death I decided to sale the company because my husband's
family wanted to claim the company and throw me out because I don’t have
any children for my late husband.

I know that this will be a surprise to you because you don’t know how I got
your email contact, I got your contact through my navigation in the
internet, I decided to contact you to stand as my next of kin to claim the
fund which I deposited in the bank the sum of €8,500,000 Eight million,
Five hundred thousand Euros in a bank in Brussels the capital city of
Belgium in Europe The money was from the sale of his company and death
benefits payment and entitlements of my deceased husband by his company.

My late lovely husband was a Muslim and I am a Christen and I believe that
we all serve one God so I have decided to donate this money for the support
of helping Motherless babies/Less privileged/Widows. Now I want you to
stand as my next of kin to claim the funds for charity purposes. Because of
this money remains unclaimed after my death, the bank executives or the
government will take the money as unclaimed fund and maybe use it for
selfishness and worthless ventures, I need a very honest person who can
claim this money and use it for Charity works, for orphanages, widows for
less privilege that will be named after my late husband and my name.

I need your urgent answer to know if you will be able to execute this
project, and I will give you more information on how the fund will be
transferred to your bank account.

Mrs. Peninnah Ariel Benaiah

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