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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: Sat, 10 Apr 2010 09:10:34 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Package Arrival Contact Us Urgent

Embassy of the United
States of America in Cotonou, Benin
Rue Caporal Bernard Anani. BP 2012,
Cotonou Benin
Tel: +(229) 66 47 21 11

Greetings from U.S. Embassy in Cotonou,
This is to notify you that your package contained ATM MASTER CARD
US$1.2Million has been in our custody waiting for your comply before the final
delivery will be effected to your registered address. We have been waiting for
you to contact our office regarding this package which suppose to be delivered
to you by courier service company and was delayed on hold by Airport agency
requesting for coverage license number which will be obtain from the country
origin where your package departed from before it will be allowed for final
delivery at your address.
After the end of the month meeting held by the
entire board of directors which was concluded that the delivery of all
intercepted packages must be released including your package to your address
within 24hrs you comply to the requirement which is by sending the sun of
$130.00 to enable this office obtain the needed coverage license and place the
number for final delivery at your address.
Note that your package has
arrived American embassy and wait to provide the coverage license number before
the gate pass is given. Meanwhile, you are expected to reconfirm the below
information upon contacting us to avoid wrongful delivery.
1. Your full
2. Your home address
3. Direct Phone number
4. Occupation &
Convenient Time
Once you notify us with the above information with license
fee we will apply for the coverage license number and complete delivery at your
registered address, so be encouraged to send the above coverage license fee in
favour of Mr. Nweke Edwin our protocol officer in Benin Republic through western
union or Money Gram once you receive this mail on below
Receivers Name: Nweke Edwin
Country: Benin
Text Question: Only
Answer: One
Amount: $130.00
you send the required information with license fee, do notify us with the
transfer MTCN for easy pick up and final delivery of your package at your
registered address.
Notice: any package that stays unclaimed for seven
working days (7days) will be returned to the Government warehouse for onward
confiscated, so treat this as matter of urgency
I wait to hear from you
Sincerely Yours
Dr. Lyngrid Rawlings
Management Officer
U.S. Embassy
Cotonou, Benin

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