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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: Barrister Alex Agu <>
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2011 04:19:13 -0800 (PST)

ATTN:My Dear Firend


to acknowledge you that your e-mail id is found among those that have
been scammed, and the competition have been approved from the supreme
high court here in Benin and we are asked to contact you by the Benin
president on how to send you the ($850.000.00) united state dollars by
the diplomatic courier and the fund as been cash in dollars here in
Benin bank. So you are advice to contact the lawyer in charges of this
fund and his name is BARRISTER ALEX AGU and make sure you contact him
with your full Contact information such as.

Your full name..............

Your home address.......             

Telephone number.........    

Your occupation...........      


With your international passport or drivers lances


more information on how to make the money send to you because many
People complain about scamming every day from Benin and we are trying to
stop this fraudulent from Benin and am sure you that it will stop
because we are now working with the internet operation such as
YAHOOMAIL, HOTMAIL and also the united state FBI and Benin police with
Benin EFCC so the scam can be eradicated in this country and I want you
to follow your fund code which follow bellow, and whish is given to you
by the high court of Benin and the code is (BN74678FBN)

I want you to keep this code, because this code will ensure you and
Alert you in any day you receive a scam e-mail from this country. And as
soon as you contact Barrister Alex Agu with your full contact
information requested, he will be forward everything to the Benin
presidency office to issue out your award certificate as the rightful

Name: Barrister Alex Agu

E-mail Address :(

Direct Telephone: +229-98582119

him in regarding of the fund to be deliver to you by the Diplomatic
courier service and also any beneficiary we be responsible for shipping
fees so as to avoid any scam and the fees is just only $70usd and you
will receive your fund from the high court because as soon as you
contact the lawyer in charges of your fund he will alert the united
state bureau and also the your state police for the fund to be deliver
to you without any restriction and problem when the fund get to you in
your location area.

Here is the information to use and send the fee today becuase i dont want any delay,

1.Receiver name:.....Mr. Obeche Sylvester Ikechukwu

2.Country:...........Benin republic

3.City :.............Cotonou

4.Test question:.....Very

5.Test answer:.......urgent

6.Amount ............$70usd

7.Sender name........?

8.Mtcn number.........?

i am still waiting for your payment right now,


Best Regard.Barrister Alex Agu

Direct Telephone: +229-98582119

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