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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: Mr.Larry <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2019 12:01:04 -0700
Subject: Attention Beneficary

Attention Beneficary,

Records show that you are among one of the individuals and organizations who are yet to receive their overdue payment from overseas which includes those of Lottery/Contract and Inheritance Payment From 2010 years ago till 2019

Records. Through our Fraud Monitory Unit we have also noticed that over the past 5 good Years,You have been transacting with some impostors and fraudsters In Cotonou- Benin Republic,Ghana,Spain,London UK and even Togo who have been impersonating likes of Courier Companies,Western Union & Bankers, none officials of Eco Bank,

And some impostors claiming to be The Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Cyber Crime Division of the FBI gathered information from the Internet Crime Complaint Center (ICCC) formerly known as the Internet Fraud Complaint Center (EFCC) of how some people have lost outrageous sums of money to these impostors/Fraudsters. As a result of this we hereby advise you to stop communication Completely with any one not referred to you by us Central Bank of Benin.

We have negotiated with the Federal Ministry of Finance that your payment total US$6,900,000.00 has been released to you via western union money transfer by receiving 5,000 usd, so therefore, we have deposited the check of the US$6,900,000.00 as we all agreed with western union office.

All you have to do is to contact the western union manager at: [] they will give you direction on how you will be receiving the funds daily, But our agreement with them is 5,000 USD daily until the whole of US$6,900,000.00 is full transferred to you, so contact them and also send them your information such as
1,Receiver name and address........
2,phone number............
Email them with above address, the contact person is Pastor.Eric Jackson with
phone number; +2296829870
contact the western union manager at: [ ]

Please This Details above will help them to Secure and know that You are right Beneficiary to receive the fund, It is very necessary and You Funish them all this Infos on receipt of this message. Please forward all the info to this email at:

Thank you.
Dr.Larry J .Roland

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