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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.Cornelia Maury" <>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2023 19:47:50 -0400

Attn: My Dear,

I am Mrs.Cornelia Maury; I am a US citizen, 52 years Old. I reside in the
state of Texas 75773. My residential address is as follows 23329 Live Oak
Dr.Mineola,Texas 75773, United States, am thinking of moving since I am
now wealthy, I am one of those that took part in the Compensation in
Cotonou,Benin Republic West Africa many years ago and they refused to pay
me, I had paid over Us$52,000.00 while in the United State, trying to get
my payment all to no avail.

So,I decided to travel down to West Africa precisely Cotonou,Benin
Republic with all my compensation documents, and I was directed to meet
Barr.Marián Švarc, who is the member of OUTSTANDING PAYMENT AWARD
COMMITTEE and a Human Rights Activist (Lawyer), and I contacted him and he
explained everything to me. He said that whoever is contacting us through
emails are fake.

He took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation payment
Right now I am the happiest woman on earth because I have received my
compensation funds amounting to $2,500,000.00. Moreover, Mr.Marián Švarc
showed me the full information of those that won lottery and those whose
inheritance had not been paid and the list of all outstanding contractor
that were owed that are yet to receive their payments in Benin
Republic,Ghana and Nigeria and I saw your information's as one of the scam
victims, that is why I decided to email you to stop dealing with those
people, they are not with your fund, they are only making money out of

I will advise you to contact Mr.Marián Švarc directly on this information

Name: Mr.Marián Švarc (Barrister) his country is slovensko but he based in
west Africa Cotonou,Benin Republic.

Tell : +22962386289

You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you
and telling you that your fund is with them, that they are Government
officials, it is not in any way with them, they are only taking advantage
of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing.

Take Note,the only money I paid after I met Mr.Marián Švarc was just
$250.00 for the paper works, take note of that.

Thank You and Be Blessed.

Mrs.Cornelia Maury.
23329 Live Oak Dr.Mineola,
Texas 75773 USA.

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