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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 Joy Frank <>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2011 23:40:37 +0530 (IST)


This is to inform you that the management and control of all finances of the Government as prescribed by the constitution of the country is the responsibility of the federal Ministry of Finance to handle all foreign arias/debts. The Board of Federal Ministry of Finance Benin Republic are here to notify you of your payment inherited funds of (US$ After the meeting held on 9th of June 2011. His Excellence the PRESIDENT OF FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF BENIN Has instructed this Department to send your funds to you through western union money transfer for easier receive of your inherited funds without any further delay.

So you adhere strictly to contact western union right now with this address ( ) to start picking up your money today you. The maximum amount you will receiving per a day is ($5000.00) as soon as they confirmed your information as listed below,

Receiver's Name:________
Receiver’s Address:______
Your Country:__________
Your city _____________
Tell Number:___________
Text question  __________
Test answer ___________
Your occupation___________
Your age ___________
Your sex ________________
Your passport ___________

ONCE AGAIN: You contact Mr. John Eze Tell phone +229 9986-9480 for Your fund has been approved from the federal ministry of finance Benin republic today so do contact western union department immediately to start picking up your fund, Thanks in anticipation of your co-operation,

Mr.Joy Frank

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