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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: "Mr.Christain Anderson." <>
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2011 08:53:18 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Urgent Attention: Beneficiary,

Urgent Attention: Beneficiary,
The Board of federal ministry of finance benin republic. are here to notify you of your payment inherited funds of $1.5MILLION. after the meeting held on 26th of Dec 2011. His  Exellience the PRESIDENT OF FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF BENIN DR  YAYI BONI. has Instructed this Department to send your funds through western  union money transfer for easier receive of your inherinted funds without any further delay. to avoid paying money to the fraud stars that is going on through the global. you are required to send your name and address were you want your fund to be sent through western union the maximium amount you will be  receiving each day starting from tomorrow is the sum of $5.000.00. also your are required to send us the sum of $58 dollar for re-newing and recofirming your file that was deposited in this office with your name and address below .
This is to notify all you about the latest development concerning all the payment that are left in our custody,which yours are inclusive Besides, you were given a bill of $172,in order to receive your payment of which we didn’t hear from you for sometimes now......
Hence, our Western Union  is now offering a Special BONUS to help all our customers that are having their payment  in our custody due to of prices. In order words we are now requesting that those involve should pay only the sum of $58. 00 to receive all their payment abandoned in our custody.
Besides, my dear, this is the opportunity for you and have to comply and your funds  shall be transfer to your desginated address.But remember that after (3 DAYS) you did not make the payment then we will divert your funds to Goverment Fund, to aviod problem or we will cancel the payment for this year untill next year  because this year is not like last year.
Again after (THREE DAYS ) We will enter A new project  for the year and that is the reason why we decided to help to all our customers before we enter into the new project.So be  advise to send the $58.00 immediately so that we will register your payment and for to start receive $5,000 as from tomorrow. Be advise that there is no time again for we to call any person on phone unless you will call .+229-98952802
After the payment of $58.00 you will start receiveing your money every  day $5,000 through Western Union, you are advised to Send the money through Western Union Money Transfer with the information below,
Receiver Name ---------------------------Mrs.Heien  Obaku
Country----------------------------Benin Republic
Test Question--------------------Honest
Test  Answer---------------------Trust
The moment i receive the payment of $58i will release the first payment informations of $5,000 to you and you will pick up the money and i will send you another money. Hoping to hear from you.
Best Regards.
Mr.Christain Anderson.
Call me on my direct line Once you send the $58.00 today  .+229-98952802 Oceanic Bank Western Union Office Benin

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