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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: Office File <>
Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2012 19:22:59 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Contact Moneygram Office For Your Funds.

Attn Beneficiary;

The Board of federal ministry of finance Benin Republic are hereby to notify you of your payment inheritance funds of  Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars (US$2.5m) after themeeting held on 13th of March 2012. His Excellence the PRESIDENT OFFEDERAL REPUBLIC OF BENIN (DR YAYI BONI) has Instructed this Department to send your funds through the Moneygram  Money Transfer  for easy receive of your compensation  funds without any further delay to avoid paying moneyto the fraud stars that is going on through internet.

Now,You are required to send your name and address Where you want your fundS to be sending  to you Via Money Gram Office. The maximium amount you will be receiving daily  starting from tomorrow is $5000.00) and the MTCN NO # will be sent along with the Text Questions & Answers for you to receive your fund through any Moneygram  Location in your Country,Send your information now to Dr Tony Hubert  of Moneygram Office  in Cotonou Benin Republic.

Beneficiary name------------
Test question-----------------

For further procedure Contact the payment officer with the information
below; To

Dr Tony Hubert .Moneygram Director
Email: (

You will pay them the renewing,processing and reconfirming fee  to renew your payment file that was deposited in the office with your name for security reasons and they will start sending your money $5000.00 per day untill you receive the sum of ( $2.5m) Try to fill the Above Informations where they will be sending,your money and do let me know immediately you get your funds for us to share the joy together.

Best regards, Yours in service,
Mr Mohamed Abudul
M/D : Federal Ministry Of Finance

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