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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: "Prof. Peter Leen." <>
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 06:16:43 -0800 (PST)

Attention My Dear,

This federal government of Benin is here to notify you that your fund  worth of (US$2.5 MILLION USD) which was diverted to Benin government federation account due to your inability to afford the charges of this bank and company, today our president Yayi Boni has given us an order to release all the funds and packages to the owners.
The fund in question was diverted by bank and company located in this country republic of Benin according to them, they said that the fund has officially overstayed the stipulated period of time, in accordance with the provisions and procedures of their service acts and ethics of 2011 provided by the regulatory body in the country and passed into law by the attorney general of the federation.
The president general commented that all the fund has to be deposited into Eco bank of Benin Republic so that it will be easy to your bank account to avoid any problem again and the transferring charge / opening fix account that will accumulate the fund for short time has been placed at the minimum amount of us$77.00 so that as beneficiary that you can afford to pay the fee without any complain again.
The president general also reported that hence the beneficiary could not comply with the subsequent of transferring charge / opening fix account that will accumulate the fund for short time that your funds will be cancelled, that is why he fixed the charges at the minimum amount of us$77.00 so that you can will get hold of transferring your funds through Eco bank of Benin and the Eco bank  will be forced to transfer your funds without any delay.
The information’s of the beneficiary is highly needed for confirmatory purposes and the Eco bank has to verify if the information details is correct before the funds will be transfer into your account, the information confirm are AS FOLLOW.
Beneficiaries Name:____________
Telephone number:____________
Fax Number:__________________
A copy of your International Passport/driver licence:__________
Home Address:________________
Banking information:___________
Bank account number:_________
Bank address:_________________
Bank Tel:_____________________


Send the money through Western Union Money Transfer or money-gram with the information below,
Receiver’s name==Isaac Nwobu
Countries== Benin Republic.
City== Cotonou.
Text Question== Honest
Answers== Trust.
Sender's Name===?
So that we can personally go and submit your banking information to the central bank of Benin  we remain the federal government of Benin republic, we fight against corruption and crimes for humanities.
Your’s in service,
Prof. Peter Leen. Senior advocate.
Cotonou , Bénin Republic .
Téléphone number :+229-98582119

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