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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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Fraud email example:

From: hutr gutr <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 00:48:38 +0100
Subject: From Mr.Olubumi Ajase

From Mr.Olubumi Ajase Member Contract Review panel Benin Ministére des Mines,de l'Energie, et de l'HydrauliqueCotonou, Republic Du Benin Email
Dear sir/madam, BUSINESS PROPOSAL: TRANSFER OF US$18.5 (Eighteen POINT FIVE MILLION, UNITED STATES DOLLARS) & BUSINESS INVESTMENTS PARTNERSHIP. First, I must solicit your strictest confidence in this transaction, this is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and top secret as you were introduced to me in confidence through the Benin Chamber of Commerce, foreign trade division. I am a top officials from the Benin Ministrére des Mines, de l'Energie, et de l'Hydraulique. The Finance ministry and office of the Presidency, making up the Contract Review Panel (CRP) set up by the Government of Benin Republic to review contracts awarded by the past military administration. In the course of our work on the CRP, we discovered the above fund which resulted from grossly over-invoiced contracts which were executed for the The Ministrére des Mines, de l'Energie, et de l'Hydraulique(Ministry) during the last administration. The companies that executed the contracts have been duly paid and the contracts commissioned leaving the sum of US$18.5 Million floating in the escrow account of the Banque Centrale of Benin ready for payment. I have therefore been mandated as a matter of trust by my colleagues in the panel to look for an overseas partner to whom we could transfer the sum of US$18.5 legally subcontracting the entitlement to your company.
This is bearing in mind that our civil service code of conduct forbids us from owning foreign company or running foreign account while in government service hence the need for an overseas partner. Sharing will percentage will be discussed in your next response All logistics are in place and all modalities worked out for the smooth conclusion of the transaction within 7 to 10 days of commencement after receipt of the following information:
Your company name, address, company's details & activities, telephone & fax numbers. Please Note: in the year 2001, i and my colleagues has similar opportunity and has successfully transfered the total sum of US$5Million to Mr. Kurt William in United states after proceuring all required documents in his name as the beneficiary to the total contract sum. Mr. Kurt confirmed that the money has arrived his account and requested that we come over.

on reaching there we discovered he has relocated and his telephone number isconneted. I will not allow this to happen again and will like to have MOU signed between us.
These information will enable us make the applications and lodge claims to the concerned ministries & agencies in favour of your company and it is pertinent to state here that this transaction is entirely based on trust as the payment will be approved in your favour by the Banque Centrale Benin through their correspondent bankers .

Please acknowledge the receipt of this letter using my email address. Yours faithfully.Mr.Olubumi Ajase Email
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