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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: "SENATE HOUSE - UPPER CHAMBERS WUSE DISTRICT, COTONOU BENIN" <deskofficiall@sify.com>
Reply-To: info.larrymusa01@gmail.com
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2012 15:03:29 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: SENATE HOUSE - UPPER CHAMBERS WUSE DISTRICT, COTONOU BENIN


SENATE HOUSE - UPPER CHAMBERS WUSE DISTRICT, COTONOU BENIN
FEDERAL MINISTRY OF FINANCE

NATIONAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY COMPLEX

SENATE HOUSE - UPPER CHAMBERS WUSE DISTRICT, COTONOU BENIN

Our Ref: FGN /SNT/STB

I have to inform you again that we are not playing over this, I know my reason for the continuous sending of this notification to you, the fact is that you can't seem to trust any one again over this payment For what you have been in cantered in many months ago, but I want you to trust me, I cannot scam you for $30 it is for bank processing of your payment, the fees of $30 is clearly written to you before, I did not invent the bill to defraud you of $30 it is an official bank payment processing fee, and the good part of this is that you will never ever be disturbed again over any kind of payment.

 This is final and the  forms from there becomes effective once we submit your payment application processing fee and pay the form fee of $30 I don't want you to loose this fund this time because you may never get another such good opportunity, the federal government is keen and very determined to pay your overdue debts, this is not a fluke, I would not want you to loose this fund out of ignorance, I will send you all the documents as soon as bank payment processing fee is paid, you have to trust me, you will get your fund, find a way to get $30 you will not loose it, instead it will bring your financial breakthrough, find the money and send it to our bursary.

 
The reason why am sending you this email because i want you to receive your USD200, 000.00 immediately, we are trying to round up for this payment program.

Here Is the Payment Information through Western Union money transfer or Money Gram money transfer, finally my advice to you is not to abandon this transaction because of the requirement of ($30)

 
Receivers Name: ONYEKACHI JAMES
Address: COTONOU BENIN REPUBLIC
Test Question:  WHEN
Answer: NOW
MTCN________

Send all the details of the MTCN direct to this email. Attached to this email is my working identity card, print and keep it for your reference. Furthermore I am waiting for the payment details in your next urgent reply

Yours in service

Dr. Larry Musa

Tel/ +229-918989

My email id: info.larrymusa01@gmail.com

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