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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: "Rev. charles edward" <>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2011 19:36:34 +0100 (BST)
Subject: International credit settlement,

Office of the director of operation
International credit settlement,
Eco bank of Benin (EBB)
Direct security line: + 229 99276222
E-mail:- {}
Attention: please,
This is to officially inform you that we have verified your contract/inheritance file and found out that why you have not received your payment is because you have not fulfilled the obligations given to you in respect of your contract/inheritance payment.
Right now we have arranged your payment through our swift card payment center
Asia pacific,that is the latest instruction from Mr. President, Dr.Boni Yayi (GCFR)
federal republic of Benin. This card center will send you an ATM card which you will use to
withdraw your money in any ATM machine in any part of the world, but the maximum is twenty thousand dollars per day, so if you like to receive your fund this way please let us
know by
contacting this office and also send the following information:
1. Full names;
2. Phone and fax numbers
3. Address where you want them to send the ATM card to(P.O box not acceptable)
4. Your age and current occupation
5. A copy of your identification.
By the way, did you authorize anybody who presented documents of claim,
reported to have been signed by you for the release of your contract part-payment of (Ten
Million Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars $10.700,000.00 USD only). Because at the (EBB) bank diplomatic delivery department we are about contacting you for your delivery insurance cover fees Arrangements before we got this fellow who claimed to be your agent presenting documents of claim.
Reconfirm back to me to avoid any irregularities as your payment is now ready
to be delivered to you by diplomatic means (based on the Instructions received this
morning from the attorney general of the federation). I want you to know that you will be
responsible for the INSURANCE COVER of your ATM CARD PACKAGE to your destination. THE INSURANCE charge IS affordable, which is the sum of $465.00 USD. And the details of what you are paying for are as follows:
REG NUMBER: CVEL/OWN/9876 9999 07
Based on that, you have been advised not to respond to any mail or fax
concerning your fund from any body who claim to be or your agent as your ATM CARD PACKAGE is now ready to be delivered immediately by the authority of this office as soon as we receive the INSURANCE COVER fees of $465.00 USD today, use the name below to send the fees through western union money transfer or money gram:
RECIEVER: ---------------- Obalimu I Amechi
LOCATION: ---------------- Cotonou Benin
TEXT QUESTION: ----------- FOR
TEXT ANSWER: ------------- YOU
TOTAL AMOUNT: ------------ $465.00 USD
And send the western union or money gram payment receipt for easy pick up by
the receiver, and note that your package has already been packed, just waiting for the
insurance cover fees.
Note that because of impostors, we hereby issued you our code of
conduct, which is (ATM-US-B) so you have to indicate this code when contacting the card center by using it as your subject. Do not that your ATM card package will be delivered to you as soon as we receive your ATM package insurance cover fees, which is compulsory that the premium charges for the insurance must be paid in full by you as stated by the banking regulatory policy to insure your ATM card package by a credible insurance company here in Benin due to huge amount of money it worth’s, after receiving this from your ATM card will be delivered to your doorstep of which you will have to give the delivery man the sum of $185.00 USD for the delivery fees ok.
Thanks for your understanding as I wait for your urgent response in your ATM
card delivery.
Rev. charles edward
Chief auditor to the president
Federal republic of Benin
Direct security line:  + 229 99276222
E-mail:- { }

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