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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: Wed, 22 Jun 2011 00:07:56 +0900 (KST)

Chief Saudi Phillippe Blot,Inspector General of Police
Cotonou, Benin Du Republic

We are Working towards a corruption-free world by promoting and defending integrity, justice and the rule of law!  Mission statement of the International Anti-Corruption Academy, We cover West African Countries.
Attention Dear,
My name is Chief Saudi Phillippe Blot,inspector general of International Police Force Investigating Benin Republic. This is to inform you the government of this country Benin Republic is sending you the sum of US$1.3 Million which you were supposed to receive, which was lost before, because we arrested  some scamers yesterday for a criminal act which is against our law, they are confessed.
The government is rewarding these funds to you as compensation! One of them gave us your email address which we are using to contact you now!   If you are the person, please reply immediately.
Today the president of this country, His Excellency Dr.Yayi Boni has set aside the sum of US$100.000.00  to make it $1.4 Million (One Million Four Hundred Thousand Us Dollars) in a consignment to send to you through Fedex Courier Company.  You fund is already with the Fedex Courier Company, waiting for you to reconfirm your address and telephone number.

We have made a concrete arrangement with the Fedex Courier Company for a safe delivery to your door-step once you contact them with your information.
Note: That the delivery fee has been paid on your behalf.  You are advised to send only your reconfirmation information to them before their agent will proceed to Benin Republic International Airport first thing tomorrow morning with your consignment .

Your funds are at the Fedex Courier Company now. Contact them below with your shipping information.
Please the Fedex Courier Company also need the dedection approval from the Supreme Court charges of $180 so that they can insure the consignment here before moving with it and you advise to do that immediately to avoid any delay.

The deduction approval certificate is to help your consignment not be stop by the Authorities and all charges will be deducted.

Send your information to Dr Brendon Demas, E-mail;; 

Dr Brendon Demas
Fedex Manager, Cotonou Benin Republic
Direct Telephone line +229 989 664 12

Your Full Name.......
Your Country........
Your City............
Your House Address.........
Your Telephone Number.........
Your Passport..........................
Your Age................................
Your Next Of Kin To Hand Over To In-case of you are not around when the agent arrive..............
God bless.
Hon.Chief Saudi Phillippe Blot the inspector general


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