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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: "Mrs. Elizabeth Daniela" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2011 21:06:54 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Money Gram Fast Cash Card

Dear  Customer,

We are glad to announce to you today that a new payment policy has been adopted and you have been shortlisted for payment via Money Gram Fast Cash Card. We have concluded yesterday with the President Republic Of Benin His Excellency Dr. BONI YAYI and the Board of Directors Bank International Du Benin here in Benin Republic since Western Union and Other fast electronic fast transfer has failed to release your funds, that you will be receieving your payment of $850,000 United States Dollars through Money Gram Fast Cash Card.which you can make a withdraw maximium of US$10,000 per day.

So you are advise to contact the Money Gram Operator Mr Andrew Luck and re-confirm your informtion to him right now so that you will receieve your first payment immediately from now. Here is the contact email id  And  the information you need to send to him:

Contact person: Mr.Andrew Luck
Address: Bank International Du Benin
Phone:   +229-98952802

Reconfirm the Below information once again to avoid wrong delivering.

Full Name.............
Home/Office Address........
Telphone number...............

All this information is to avoid sending your money to another tripe. And you are to send $89 for registrating your payment files with the Money Gram; So here is the information for you to send the $89:

Receiver name:      Marcel Onwujekwe 
Country:                       Benin Republic
City:                              Cotonou
Question:                      Very
Answer:                        Urgent  

Send the money and contact me or Mr.Andrew Luck with the information and your full information and start receiving your fund the same day.   

Yours in service,
Mrs.  Elizabeth Daniela
Authourization Minister
Federal Republic Of Benin

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