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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:

Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2022 05:04:25 -0500
Subject: My Compensation

Dear ,

You might find it so difficult to remember me. Though, it is indeed, a
very long time. On my singular, I am much delighted and privileged to
contact you again, after couple of years now. It takes fate, courage
and God's fearing to remember old friends and at the same time, to
show gratification to them, despite circumstances that made things,
not worked out as we projected then.

I take this liberty to inform you that, the transaction we were
pursing together, finally worked out by God's infinite mercy and I
decided to contact you, just to let you know. I have conscience as a
human begin, due to your tremendous effort and contribution to make
things work out in retrospect.

Meanwhile, I must inform you that, I am presently in Luxembourg for
numerous business negotiations and establishment. I just arrived
yesterday night and checked inn, in a hotel and decided to go down to
the hotel business center to mail you. Now, with my sincere heart, I
have raised and signed an International Cashier's Bank Draft, to the
tune of USD$850.000.00 (Eight Hundred And Fifty Thousand Dollars )
only in your name as COMPENSATION to your dedication, humanity and

contribution, as it were. Please, contact NOW, my confidential
secretary,name:MS Williams Diane ( Secretary)
E-mail:( You are to forward to her, the
necessary) He, will advise you further about the shipment of the ICED
to your Residence Address or Office Address you may provided. Feel
free to reach via this very mail address. Most importantly, the ICED
has only validity period of 12 banking days. So, your early response
to that effect, shall be admired. You have to mind the days on route

Sincerely Yours,
Mrs Grace Benneh.

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