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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: from post office <>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2023 08:58:45 +0100
Subject: Post Office -Benin Du Republic.

Post Office -Benin Republic.
Address: Plaza del Rey No. 1 28004 Benin Republic
Phone, +229 90 988 967


Re: Post Office -Madrid Spain urgently to avoid expiration.

From the regular mail post office Benin Republic, Be informed that there
is a parcel which contains an ATM Card in this office deposited by a
private organization body on the 6th of March, 2022.

Your e-mail address was attached to it and is to be posted to you. We
have been waiting for you to contact us for your conformable ATM Card
which contains the sum of €800,000 Euro and some vital documents. So
kindly get back to this office (Regular Mail Post office Benin Du Republic)
to avoid fraudulent issues concerning this service.

You are to confirm and provide to us your postal address below with
this email address;;;;;;;

Your full name..........
Your country............
Your postal address.....
Your direct phone........

Note: that every claim has an expiring period of fourteen working day,
so you have that very urgently to avoid expiration.

Your best regard
Contact person
Domea Faith

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