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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: Mr Larry Dominick Benson <>
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2022 03:48:50 -0800


Thanks for your email response, I have been expecting you to contact
me since my boss Mrs. Robin lee Moore left a Bank Draft worth
Million United States Dollars (US$7.800.000.00 .M) under my care
before she and her partner traveled out of the country for business
project. I have a legitimate certified bank draft given to me by Mrs.
Robin lee Moore for safe keeping pending when you contact me for it.
You should understand that the money is on a Certified Bank Draft not
in cash so I will not have to transfer the money directly to your bank
account I will have to send it to you via Courier Company.

You will have to reconfirm to me the below information:

Full Name:
Your Complete Mailing Address:
Direct Telephone Phone:
Your Country;
you Id

This is to make sure that your Certified Bank Draft will be delivered
directly to your door step and I can be able to speak with you on
phone before sending the draft to your address which you will provide.

I will have to use the service of a reputable courier/insurance
service company for safe and easy delivery to be insured of the draft
to you as soon as I received the complete Mailing Address, I will talk
to any of the courier company around regarding sending your bank draft
to you safely to your doorstep without any further delay.

Please call me on my direct telephone number for further information
on this this is whastAPP NO (+229 62628302).

I await your prompt response.

Thanks and God Bless.
Tell +229 62628302
Mr Larry Dominick Benson

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