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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: "william_bene77 Gazeta.pl" <william_bene77@gazeta.pl>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2008 16:44:26 +0200
Subject: RELEASE OF YOUR FUND


Attn: Beneficiary

I am Dr Mohamed Williams Ben, the driector of Credit Bank Benin. This is to
bring to your notice that my office has taking over all the money
Transaction originated from any part of African/ Europe and Asia counties
etc. as Contract payment, Fund inheritance or Lottery Winning
due to Unauthorized/incapability of financial Institutions/security
companies In releasing such huge sum of money due to Fraud, terrorist and
money Laundry activities going on world wide.

The World Bank Group has Mandated the Credit Bank Benin via my Officeto
release funds to beneficiaries through Cash delivery,
Hence Your Name appears as one of The fund beneficiaries whom their fund was
successfully cleared recently From Terrorist and Money laundry and your
money will be released to you Through International Cashier'sBank Draft that
will be cashable from any International Bank in yourcountry or cash delivery
been the only way you would receive Your money to avoid paying excess
charges. As regard to this arrangement, you are advised to contact the telex
director Rev Dr DAVID JOHN through hisdirect email; (
telexdeptcbb20@gmail.com )
CONTACT REV DR DAVID JOHN WITH THE CONTACT INFORMATION BELOW.

TELEX DIRECTOR CREDIT BANK BENIN NAME:
REV DR DAVID John DIRECT
EMAIL: (telexdeptcbb20@gmail.com)
DIRECT TEL: +229 93105153

You are therefore advised to forward your direct telephone numbers,Your
complete name and your mailing address to REV DR DAVID John for Immediate
release of your fund to you, Most importantly be aware that ($1.2Million
Dollars) Only was allocated to you,

be also informed That the Fund Approvals and authorization documentIncluding
Antiterrorist Clearance Certificate was issued in your name and has been
handed over to Rev. REV DR DAVID John to release to you. Finally, REV DR
DAVID JOHN is standby to receive your communication
and Release your fund to you through Cash delivery Without furtherdelay.

Make your contact directly to him through Email contact any time because we
are working 24 Hours to be able to meet with the mandate given by the World
Bank.


Thanks for your maximum cooperation.
Dr Mohamed Williams Ben,

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