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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. Grace Omo Esema" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 21 May 2024 12:52:17 +0100
Subject: Important Reconfirmation (Very Urgent)

Attention: Beneficiary

I hope this message meets you in good health. This is making it the 2nd time I am contacting you concerning your payment total US

$2,850,000.00. What is still holding you from sending reconfirmation of your delivery address to enable us dispatch your ATM CARD for

delivery. Kindly Contact Mr. Micheal K. Ukeke with complete reconfirmation of your delivery Address, Phone Number. For more details

contact Mr. Micheal.


Contact Person: Mr. Micheal K. Ukeke
Telephone: +229 - 4683 - 6239
Email address:

We thank you and remain yours in service.

Yours Sincerely

Mrs. Grace Omo Esema
Customer Care
Financial Bank - Benin

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