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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 Nathaile Benoit Hamon <>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2022 07:31:58 +0000
Subject: Greetings


Let me start by introducing myself I am Mrs. Nathaile Benoit
Hamon from Burkina Faso, I am writing you this letter based on latest
development in my bank which i we like to bring you in. The sum
of($24,000,000.00) this is legitimate Transition after the transfer we
will share it, 60% for me and 40% for you. Let me know if you Can you help
me, kindly Contact me for more details if you are interested in the deal
Contact meMrs. Nathaile Benoit Hamon*

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