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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: Tue, 2 Apr 2013 18:02:19 +0800 (CST)






This is to bring to
your notice that because of the impossibility of your fund transfer through the
western union network, I am doing all I can to make sure you receive your funds
and I protected your funds for almost six Months now but I assure you that you
still have every opportunity to claim your entire funds from the United
Embassy Office Benin Republic (U.S.E.B.R).

I am only trying to
help you because of the way the payment was handled in the past. Secondly, I can
not sit and watch you loose your funds after confiding in me. As a matter of
fact, there are still decent and God fearing people here in the United State
Embassy Office Benin Republic which I am a good example. Since I came to this
office in the year 2013, I have helped so many

Contractors/Beneficiaries from all paths of the world in claiming
their long over due fund from the Benin Government.

If you don't want to
conclude these matter before Monday coming week just inform me today so that I
can know what next to do because I can just be hearing same story and you will
be dealing with people and sending information's to them and if you cant send
the fee then know that your fund will be canceled and all your effort so far
will turn useless because I did all I can for my government to protect your fund
and your personality but you won't listen, I can help you if you help

If you can be able to come up with $105.00 for the Clearance
Paper today, I will make sure you get your fund tomorrow morning, your fund is
ready to transfer to you as I write to you now due to my effort and I don't know
why you should be dealing with people outside my office, just do your best and
these transfer will be conducted. Finally

if this fund will be terminated
and there is no way on earth you can get this fund because the IMF will just
have to cancel your name from the payment file, its better you conclude these
matter within the given date.

If I receive the fee , I assure you that
you are going to confirm your funds in your Country WITHIN 10HRS  through our
choosing Diplomatic Agent.  I shall try my possible best to make sure I conclude
the due legal process and will like you to Take my word because i am strong be
hide you and my effort to this does not end until you confirm the availability
of your fund in your hands.

Please do not allow any body to deceive you
and I expect your response and I don't want you to be tired of these, just take
life easy and see what the result will be by  next Week, I will expect your
response and the fee sent by western union. Just get back to me today with the
details and I promise to release your fund to you, its

not easy and I
believe you have tried as well, so make sure you conclude these or your fund
will be terminated by the High Authority and that is all I can say for
Note that your consignment box has been arrived in US embassy and
waiting to receive clearance certificate before the gate pass is given.
Meanwhile you are advise to reconfirm the below information upon contacting us
to avoid delivery to the wrong person.
1, Your full name:
2, Your
home address:
3, Your occupation:
4, Direct Telephone Number:
I am expecting the payment information as soon
as you can so we can proceed immediately.  Note that you are expected to pay
only $105.00 for clearance certificate and you are to pay it to Benin Republic
as the origination of the consignment box. Send the $105.00 through Western
Union once you receive this mail with the information below for immediate
release of your FUNDS,
AMOUNT: $105.00

Once you send the money, try to notify us with the
MTCN# AND THE SENDER'S NAME for easy pick up and for immediate action on the
release of your consignment. Please treat this as matter of urgency. Note that
any unclimbable consignment will be return to the  Courier Company after 3 days
for final diversion. So you are urgently advise to comply with our demand so
that your consignment will be among those that will be deliver this

Yours In Service,
Secretary of U.S  in Benin State for African

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