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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: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 06:22:35 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Attn Beneficary,

Federal Ministry of Finance
Payment Reconciliation Panel
via Office of the Presidency
Rue 86 Cotonou , Republic Of Benin
Attn Beneficary,
I,AM, Mrs  Evelyn Benz, the Director of Credit Bank Benin Republic this is  officially inform you that your Inherited bank draft worth sum of $5.7millon  United State Dollars has been credited into ATM  MASTER  CARD by the issuing Bank as ordered by this Ministry of Finance, Payment Reconciliation Panel, office of the Presidency Benin Republic. Because the Bank Draft worth USD$5.7millon has less than a year to expire and when it expires the money will go into Government reserve. With that I decided to help you  credited  your bank draft  into ATM  MASTER  CARD so that your  Bank Draft  will not expire, because, I know when you get your ATM  MASTER  CARD definitely you must compensate me.
Meanwhile, your ATM MASTER CARD has been deposited with D.H.L delivery Company for award deliver direct to your doorstep. Therefore, I, want you to contact D.H.L Courier Company with your Full Contact information bellow,

Your full name;..............
Home/office Address:............
Telephone Number;.............
Your nearest airport;............
P.O Box address:.................
A copy of your picture;

so that the  company will deliver your ATM  MASTER  CARD to your designated address with the pin-code number so that you will withdraw on your funds immediate  without any delay. Like I, stated earlier, the delivery charges has been paid but I did not pay their official security keeping fees, since they refused. Because, the Reasons they refusal is that they do not know when you will contact them.  As of now,  I, deposited it today begin 20th August 2011. Therefore, try to contact them immediately to avoid any increase their security keeping fee ok.

Below is D.HL Contact Information’s Bellow,

Contact Person: Rev Pastor  Luis Moore
DHL Courier Company
Email:Address( )
Tel: +22998368427
let me know immediately you received your ATM  MASTER  CARD.
Yours Sincerely,
Barr Mrs Evelyn Benz
Director of Credit Bank

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