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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: Tue, 28 Mar 2023 18:59:10 +0100

My Dearest Friend,

I hope you still remember me .This is to thank you for your past
effort and kind assistance. The money sum of 120 Million US dollars
belonging to my late parents has been transferred into an account
provided by a newly found business partner of mine from India. I wish
to compensate you for your past assistance, effort and commitments
that time to help me out . I have deposited the bank draft check of
US$1.2million usd with Bank of Africa PlC in the Federal Republic du
Benin , I am in Inda right now to establish some business and possibly
buy some properties also.

So I want you to Contact my Pastor who is currently on a mission in
Benin Republic ,Rev.Charles Hadi on his information below, because he
will be the one that will assist you to have the fund transferred to
your bank account or help you to receive the fund or Bank Draft check.

Contact Person:

Name:Rev.Charles Hadi

Email address: ( )

Phone Number: +22955488467

I left every instruction with him to assist you and have the bank wire
the fund to you as soon as you contact him, so make sure you
re-confirm your:

Full names..............,
Your home address..................
Your Cell Phone Number...........
I left every instruction with him to send you the Bank draft cheque
.as soon as you contact him, so make sure you re-confirm your address
and Cell Phone Number to him to avoid any mistake on the delivery of
your Bank Draft Cheque to you. Then ask him to send the Cheque to you
to you immediately,

With All My
Mr Dennis Byrne

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