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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: "Interpol police Command" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 25 May 2012 01:46:19 -0700
Subject: Notice From West Africa Interpol Command

Telephone: +229 66762213

Attention: Please,

Sir/madam this notification email is coming to you from Benin Interpol Command and please immediately you receive this message do let us know by calling because we need to carry on with this imporster's work accordingly,

we are written to let you know that we have three gentlemen arested in the Western Union yesterday names MR, GEORGE OBUKWELI and Mr.Chima Stanley and one of them came from Nigeria and through our investigation we discoverd your email address from them which proof that they have scammed you before, The fact is that one them made us clear that they scammed you about $450 or up to.

Please we don't have much thing with you for now as you can see we are very busy but all we need is for you to send down your home address and your phone number and you count very well how much you have spent under scamer's down here in Africa soo far because first thing tomorrow morning we will lead them to court and from the court they will be charge to jail.

So you do mail us back now with this needed details if you don't know the exactly amount you have spent to Benin and Nigeria under scammer's control then you just tell us that you don't know the amount so that the court will charge the Countries how much they will pay you as your re-Compernsation.please all we need is the truth and if you never spend just make us clear.

We await to have the details from you as soon as you get this mail. On what ever happen to Court we will let you can reach us on this line any time, +229 66762213 but please don't forword this email to any person from Africa to avoid them use it to do their bad work on the name of West Africa Interpol Service please.


BENIN +229 66762213

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