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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: DR BEN OKOYE <globaltrustcompanyofficebenin003@yahoo.com.hk>
Reply-To: mrben.okoye@yahoo.com
Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2012 16:29:10 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: AN ONLINE BANKING ACCOUNT HAS BEEN CREDITED IN YOUR FAVOR



AN ONLINE BANKING ACCOUNT HAS BEEN CREDITED IN YOUR FAVOR




I
am hereby writing to inform you that the government of Benin has today
afternoon deposit your inheritance $1.5 Million united state dollars
with this bank. The government had a clear mandate to open an account in
your name with the bank and set up an on-line transfer that you will
use to transfer the funds into your personal account.
 




However,
the government deposited your funds to the bank . The bank has finally
opened an account in your name. Be advice that the bank has already
created on-line transfer with the account that opened in your favor this
afternoon. And the $1.5
Million of funds has been transferred to the account that my bank open
in your favor. The on-line banking account details are follows.




Welcome! To - CB B Online Pl c Secure Account Page






Account Name



Account Type

Activate



Online Banking Account


Created Opened



Account Balance

2011-07-19



$1.5M


Account Number



Diamond Bank Sort Code

0020578055


1022-03-8733


Country



Name Of bank

International Money Transfer


Input






Swift Code PNBPUS33
Account Number 0020578055
Please Enter:
Transfer CODE TRANS-ID: 
Bank Name : 
Amount : Routing Number: Swift
Code: Transfer PIN: 
 
The
bank did not you charge you any fee. You need to obtain a Access
Transfer Code, For your information, you will be able to start accessing
your online banking account as soon as you obtain this code.
 
You are to pay $52 dollars to obtain the Access Transfer Code. Here is information on how to send the fee through western union.
 
Receiver's name...  Mr.Okechukwu E Obiedo
Country.. Benin Republic
City.. Cotonou
Text Question..WHEN
Text Answer...NOW
Amount $52.
MTCN....
Sender...
 
Provide
us with the MTCN and sender’s name once payment is made. The bank will
issue Access transfer code as soon as we confirm payment details.
 


Sincerely,
Mr Ben Okoye


Email; mrben.okoye@yahoo.com
Head of operation manager





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