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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 Chidi Bello <>
Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2012 05:04:18 +0800 (CST)

Attention Dear
After the Conference meeting that United Nation and federal ministry of
finance hold on 22th February 2012, they concluded to compensate all those Beneficiary that fall in victim in any part of the world, the United Nations have agreed tocompensate them with the sum of usd $900,000,00 this includes every foreign contractors that may have not received their contract sum, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or international businesses that failed due to government problems and those lottery winners that has not been paid there fund etc.

Your name was found in the list among those beneficiary and that is why the federal ministry of finance Benin Republic register your own fund into Financial Money Gram International Benin Republic to be transfer to you, these have been agreed upon and have been duly signed by Mr. Ban Ki-moon United Nation secretary
General,They Instructed us to send your total fund of $900,000,00 through
Financial Money Gram International Benin Republic After we have taking
2012 Project.

You will be receiving your fund ($5,000u.s.d) per day until you received your total sum ($900.000.00) completed, meanwhile we already sent your first $5,000 usd today,below is the detail of your first $5000 but you can not pick the first $5000 up until you sent us $48 for your international transfer paper permit activation,Contact,Mr.Wilson Zuma Of Money Gram through this email and sent the $48:(

MTCN 46754387
AMOUNT $5,000

Remember as soon as you sent the $48 today, Mr Paul WIlliams, will activate your International transfer paper permit and release your $5000 the same day you sent the $48 before close to work, no any other fee you are to sent after this $48 ok,
Go to Western Union or Money Gram and sent to them the $48 through this
Information below,

Receiver name:Edechie Alex
Country: Benin
City: Cotonou
Question: In God?
Answer: We Trust
Amount to sent $48
Reference No.....
Sender Name..........

Sent us the payment Information after you have sent the $48 so that we can
pick it up and release your first $ 5,000 after the activation of your
paper permit,Remember to reconfirm your full Information to them to avoid any mistake
such as your

Full name================
Your Country=============
Your City================
And Your Tel Phone Number================

Remember to Contact Mr. Wilson Zuma, Through this
Call +229-98914872

Mr Chidi Bello

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