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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: FBI USA <>
Reply-To: FBI USA <>
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2011 07:47:00 -0800 (GMT-08:00)
Subject: Dear Beneficiary,

Assistant Director in Charge  Joseph Persichini, Jr
From Head Department: Dr.Linda Williams and Robert S. Mueller IIIAnti-Terrorist and MonetaryCrimes Division
Fbi Headquarters In Washington, D.C.
 Federal Bureau Of Investigation.
FBI-Washington Field Office
601 4th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20535

Dear Beneficiary,
Series of meetings have been held over the past 7 months with the secretary general of the United Nations Organization. This ended 3 days ago. It is obvious that you have not received your fund which is to the tune of $850,000.00 due to past corrupt Governmental Officials who almost held the fund to themselves for their selfish reason and some individuals who have taken advantage of your fund all in an attempt to swindle your fund which has led to so many losses from your end and unnecessary delay in the receipt of your fund.
The National Central Bureau of Interpol enhanced by the United Nations and Federal Bureau of Investigation have successfully passed a mandate to the current president of Benin Republic his Excellency President  Dr. Boni Yayi to boost the exercise of clearing all foreign debts owed to you and other individuals and organizations who have been found not to have receive their Contract Sum, Lottery/Gambling,Western Union Money Transfer Bank Transfer Inheritance and the likes. Now how would you like to receive your payment? Because we have two method of payment which is by Check or by ATM card,
ATM Card: We will be issuing you a custom pin based ATM card which you will use to withdraw up to $9,000 per day from any ATM machine that has the Master Card Logo on it and the card have to be renewed in 4 years time which is 2015. Also with the ATM card you will be able to transfer your funds to your local bank account. The ATM card comes with a handbook or manual to enlighten you about how to use it. Even if you do not have a bank account.
Check: To be deposited in your bank for it to be cleared within three working days. Your payment would be sent to you via your choose option And we guarantee the receipt of your fund to be successfully delivered to your doorstep as you went it.within the next 24hours,within the next 48hours and Economy Express (3Days) after the receipt of payment has been confirmed. nothing more! Nothing less! 
So,we the federal bureau of investigation (FBI) Washington Dc, in conjunction with the United Nations (UN) financial department have investigated through our monitoring network noting that your transaction with the Bank Of Africa Benin Republic legal.
You are required to choose one option, which you will be able to pay and also convenient for you, for quick delivery of your parcel containing your ATM CARD and other two original back up documents.
Service Type | Delivery Duration | Charges/Fees
Premium Express (24hrs Delivery)
Mailing $50.00 00.00
Insurance $40.00 00.00
Vat $10.00 00.00
TOTAL $100.00
$100(One Hundred US Dollars Only).
Special Express (2 Days)
Mailing $40.00 00.00
Insurance $30.00 00.00
Vat $10.00 00.00
TOTAL $80.00 00.00
$80(Eighty US Dollars Only).
Economy Express (3Days)
Mailing $40.00 00.00
Insurance$?30.00 00.00
Vat (5%) $5.00 00.00
TOTAL $75.00 00.00
You are hereby required to advice us, on your parcel delivery option by filling in the required form stated above. Please note that the deadline for claiming your fund is exactly one week after the receipt of this email. After this period, your fund will be return back to the ordering costumer. That is the instruction given to us .So take note. We request that you reconfirm your mailing address to ensure conformity with our record for immediate dispatch of your parcel to you. Only valid residential/Office address and postal address are certified OK.
Receiver's Name :.......
Delivery Information/ Parcel Description
We are here to protect you from any problem till you receive your package, You can as well get in touch with the Bank Of Africa Benin Republic as we have assigned this financial package to your doorstep.
Below is the contact information:
 Name Of The Bank: Bank Of Africa.
Directors Name: MR.MARK MORGAN
Email: (
Telephone Number: +229 99364266

Send with the Name Of the they Cashier :
Receiver's Name== Obieluo Antony
Country==Benin Republic
Question== Code
Best Regards,
Robert S. Mueller III
Federal Bureau of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW Washington, D.C.
20535-0001, USA

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