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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: "victor denis" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 18:30:19 +0200
Subject: Contact Payment Office Immediately.

To The Attention Of Beneficiary;

The Board of federal ministry of finance benin republic are hereby to notify
you of your payment inherited funds of ($800.000 Usd) after the meeting held
on 2nd of June 2008. His Excellence the PRESIDENT OF FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF
BENIN (DR YAYI BONI) has Instructed this Department to send your funds
through western union money transfer for easy receive of your inherinted
funds without any further delay to avoid paying money to the fraud stars
that is going on through Courier Company.

You are required to send your name and address to our Payment Office where
you want your fund to be send through Western Union. The maximium amount you
will be receiving per a day starting from tomorrow is $6000.00) Also your
are required by this Department for Re-newing and Re-cofirming Of your file
Charges of ($98.00) dollar which was deposited in this office with your name
and address bellow .

Beneficiarey name--------------
Tel phone----------------------

For further procedure Contact our payment officer with the information

Attention; Mr Drazzell Benben.
Western Union Benin
Republic Manager
Tel; +229-93894157.

Email;( )

Try to fill the Above Informations where to start sending the money Because
As soon the required fee of $98 .00 received today faor the renewing &
reconfirming the payment file of your funds you will start receiving your
funds as from tomorrow in amount of $6000.00 Dollars like we stated above.

Yours in service
Western Union Benin
Republic Manager

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