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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: "infoakum4" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 07:04:42 -0700
Subject: Attention ,

Attention ,

After several attempt to reach you by phone, I deemed it necessary and
urgent to notify you finally about the outstanding settlement of your
compensation winning fund that was given by United Nation to you. This
compensation winning made for all the people that have transaction with
Africans that lost their money along the line and after business failed, now
the victims are given a lot of complains and report to the United Nation.
Now UN decided to give each of every one of you the sum of $1,000.000.00 USD
to pay all your debts and start a new business and forget about the African
transaction. That was the mean reason Kofi Anna; the formal
secretary-general of the United Nation organized this West African
Monitoring institution, just to regain the image of dear nation. We West
African Monitoring institution has taken upon our selves to settle these
very bills, because of the dubious attitude of the apex institution in
Africa who have made things difficult to their dear client.

On the detailed verification and reconciliation of your file, it was crystal
to us that you are the rightful beneficiary to the said fund which has been
delayed due to lack of information about the position of this Fund that was
made on your behalf for so long up till date.

However after our due checking of your file and it was satisfactory approved
for payment that is why we contacted you for urgent release of your
compensation winning fund? You have to disengage from any body or
impersonated officers who claim to be in position of your fund, thereby
misleading and having the opportunity to extort money from you. Because of
this outstanding problem, the president committee on contractual matters has
decided to pay this fund to you through our paying bank here in Benin
Republic : ECO BANK, and also they can pay you via USA Bank of America or
through our affiliate banks in Europe .

We have concluded all the necessary arrangement towards the release of your
payment dispatching the senate in collaboration with federal ministry of
finance has already deposited $ 1,000.000.00 (One million DOLLARS) for the
revalidations payment. So, you are advice to forward you're full name,
contact address and direct telephone to our paying bank office In Benin as
it is stated below. NAME OF THE ECO BANK OF BENIN

phon +22997842845

Contact the above information to enable them automates the information so as
to give you urgent attention for the release of your compensation winning
fund. You are hereby advice to stop contact with any body in regard to any
transfer originated from Africa both your local representatives and so here
on-now and adhere to our advice to get your fund paid.

Accept our congratulations in advance.

Dr Jeff Akum

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