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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: INTERPOL INVESTIGATION OFFICE <interpol.frontdesk@counsellor.com>
Reply-To: interpolfrontdesk@counsellor.com
Date: Tue, 1 Jun 2010 04:38:58 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: INTERPOL INVESTIGATION OFFICE(CODE 2020)


(INTERPOL INVESTIGATION OFFICE)
 15 BRITISH ROAD PORTO NOVO BENIN REPUBLIC
Telephone: +299314717
Email:     interpolfrontdesk@counsellor.com
 
Attention;
We want to inform you that the Federal Government of Benin Republic has ordered us to release your outstanding transfer that we hijack due to your inability to comply to the transfer procedure, also instructed us to renew all the documents regarding your money which will cost you $75 to avoid any problem again during sending your money through western union money transfer, that will enable you receives us$5000 daily until you receives your total approved fund.

So to enable us precede with the process re-confirm your information below to avoid mistake on renewing your documents after we renew your file we will also ordered western union department to release your transfer to you immediately without delay.

Your full name; -----------------
Home address; ------------------
Telephone number; -------------
Occupation; ----------------------
E-mail; --------------------------  
You can send the renewal fee of $75 with this name below as soon as you send it make sure that you forward the payment details to enable our agent Mr.OKAFOR C.CHIDI pick it up OK.
 
RECEIVER NAME:======== OKAFOR C.CHIDI
COUNTRY:============= BENIN REPUBLIC .
CITY:================ COTONOU
TEXT Q:============== HOW LONG?
TEXT A:============== NOW

We are waiting to hear from you once you receive this message for you to start receiving your $5000.00 per day till you receive all the total amount of $750,000.00usd.
   
Interpol Regional Office Benin
Officer In Charge
Mr.Ota Bello.



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