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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, 19 Nov 2011 18:51:00 +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).

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 2009, 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 yourself.

If you can be able
to come up with $44.00 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.
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, MY full name ...........................
2, MY home address ....................
3, MY 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 $44.00 for clearance certificate and you are to pay it to Benin Republic as the origination of the consignment box. Send the $44.00
through Western Union or MoneyGram once you receive this mail with the
information below for immediate release of your FUNDS,
SENDER NAME.................? 

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 week.


Call me at +229-98551553
Assistant Secretary of U.S  in Benin State for African Affairs

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