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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: Thu, 3 Nov 2011 01:21:14 +0800 (SGT)


is to bring to your notice that because of the impossibility of your
fund transfer through the western union Or MoneyGram network, I am doing
all I can to make sure you receive your funds and I protected your
funds for almost six Months now but I assure you that you still have
every opportunity to claim your entire funds from the United State

Embassy Office Benin Republic (U.S.E.B.R).

I am only trying to
help you because of the way the payment was handled in the past.
Secondly, I can not sit and watch you loose your funds after confiding
in me. As a matter of fact, there are still decent and God fearing
people here in the United State Embassy Office Benin
Republic which I am a good example. Since I came to this office in the
year 2006, I have helped so many foreign Contractors/Beneficiaries from
all paths of the world in claiming their long over due fund from the
Benin Government.

If you don't want to conclude these matter before monday coming week
just inform me today so that I can know what next to do because I can
just be hearing same story and you will be dealing with people and
sending informations to them and if you cant send the fee then know that
your fund will be cancelled and all your effort so far will turn

useless because I did all I can for my government to protect your fund
and your personality but you won't listen, I can help you if you help

If you can be able to come up with $90.00 for the
Clearance Paper today, I will make sure you get your fund tomorrow
morning, your fund is ready to transfer to you as I write to you now due
to my effort and I don't know why
you should be dealing with people outside my office, just do your best
and these transfer will be conducted. Finally if this fund will be
terminated and there is no way on earth you can get this fund because
the IMF will just have to cancel your name from the payment file, its
better you conclude these matter within the given date.

If I receive the fee , I assure you that you are going to confirm
your funds in your Country WITHIN 10HRS  through our choosing Diplomatic
Agent.  I shall try my possible best to make sure I conclude the due
legal process and will like you to Take my word because i am strong
behide you and my effort to this does not end until you confirm the
avaliability of your fund in your hands.

Please do not allow any body to deceive you and I expect your
response and I dont want you to be tired of these, just take life easy
and see what the result will be by  next Week, I will expect your
response and the fee
sent by western union. Just get back to me today with the details and I
promise to release your fund to you, its not easy and I believe you
have tried as well, so make sure you conclude these or your fund will be
terminated by the High Authority and that is all I can say for now.

Note that your consignment box has been arrived in US embassy and
waiting to receive clearance certificate before the gate pass is given.
Meanwhile you are advise to reconfirm the below information upon
contacting us to avoid delivery to the wrong person.

1, Your full name
2, Your home address
3, Your occupation
4, Direct Telephone Number

am expecting the payment information as soon as you can so we can
proceed immediately.  Note that you are expected to pay only $90.00 for
clearance certificate and you are to pay it to Benin Republic as the
origination of the consignment box. Send the $90.00 through Western
Union or
MoneyGram once you receive this mail with the information below for
immediate release of your FUNDS,

AMOUNT: $90.00
SENDER NAME.................?

Once you send the
money, try to notify us with the MTCN# AND THE SENDER'S NAME for easy
pick up and for immediate action on the release of your consignment.
Please treat this as matter of urgency. Note that any uncliam
consignment will be return to the  Courier Company after 3 days for
final divertion. So you are urgently advise to comply with our demand so
that your consignment will be among those that will be deliver this


Yours In Service,
Call me at +229-98252172 
Secretary of U.S  in Benin State for African Affairs

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