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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: Federal High Court <>
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2012 20:08:15 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: Attention:we have Good news for you.



Attention :we
have Good news for you.

We have good news for you regarding to your long
awaiting transaction here in Benin Republic. The president of Benin
Republic  Thomas Boni Yayi  gave an order for your unclaimed fund $1.8Million
payment file to be submitted to high Court for a review and final release to
We have finalize all the process for immediate release of your
fund One Million, Eight Hundred Thousand United State Dollars $1.8Million to you
without any delay.
Now, you are expected to send us $56 only to enable us
issue court official letter of authorization for immediate payment of your fund
$1.8Million to any bank account of your choice without any delay.
The only reason we ask you to send this money $56 is because
Mr.president Thomas Boni Yayi in his instruction said that nothing should be
taken out of your total fund until you receive it in full.
So, you are expected to send us the required money $56 via western union
money transfer with this information below:
Receiver's name_____ Mr Chikendu Johnson
Country______Benin Republic.
Question______best colour?
Answer______Blue colour

 Send the $56 and forward us the payment
information and after that you are advise to send your information according to
how you want your $1.8Million Us Dollars to be transfer to

So we are waiting for your email on soon oR
Call +22998914872
Thanks. Regards
Chief  Collins James 

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