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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: Sat, 03 Jan 2009 13:17:01 +0100
Subject: Reply Urgently!!

Bishop Paul S=C2=A0 Morton (PHD)=20
The Anglican Church ;=20
200 Surulere Avenue,=20
Bp 122 Cotonou=20
Benin Republic.


I am delighted to address you by the Power given to me from above as the =
Bishop of the Anglican Churches here in Cotonou Benin . You Must Confirm =
this shortly from now pending your positive response to this. I am Sendin=
g you this Message in Respect to a Lebanese Citizen Mr Andy P Johnito,an =
industrialist here in Cotonou Benin Republique, who Invested the sum of U=
S 9,000.000.00 ( Nine Million United States Dollars Only) in a Finance Fi=
rm here in Cotonou Benin Republique, Unfortunately, he died on=C2=A0 an a=
ccident together with his family.

We now request your co-operation/ assistance to claim this fund to be dis=
tributed to the Needy/ poor people in your country, as all efforts made b=
oth at the Church here and his Fellow Lebanese Citizens to locate his Rel=
atives did not work out . I used to pray for him when he was alive , He w=
as Very Strong in the Lord .Do not regard this as Just an Ordinary Intern=
et Message.

He worshipped with us at the Anglican Church here in cotonou and as a Res=
ult we developed a Profound Family relationship. Most of his belongings, =
he left them with me for safe keep, among them, all his Business registra=
tion papers, His information with The Finance Firm for his USD 9,000,000.=
00 Deposit.

Now that we cannot locate any of his relation, we decided that this Money=
, USD 9,000 ,000.00 be distributed to Charitable homes any where in the =
world .We are now looking for a trust worthy person or persons who will c=
ome and claim this fund and distribute it to charitable homes. It is a de=
vine Revelation from above to have this done.

can contact me directly by Means of Telephone Call 00 229 97066211 or E-m=
ail, but be sure when this fund finally gets to you, you must use it acco=
rdingly as indicated here in this message. Keep it extremely confidential=
please until this transaction is concluded soonest. Do not regard this a=
s Just an Ordinary Internet Message.

Send me your Phone Number, Your address and your Full names, Copy of your=
passport or any of your Id, to this Email: then gi=
ve me a phone call in confirmation if you are Faithful enough to do this,=
Do Let me know Immediately and you must witness the goodness of the Lord=
in your Life , Family, Business and your entire generation ; I remain fo=
r you in Fervent Prayers.=20

Your Quick Response is required

Bishop Paul S Morton (PHD)=20
The Anglican Church=20
Cotonou Benin Rep

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