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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:

Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 14:36:15 +0100

*[image: Washington Field Office Banner with FBI Seal linking to FBI
*Assistant Director in Charge * *Joseph Persichini, Jr *
*Anti-Terrorist and Monitary Crimes Division.*
*Mr. Victor Collins,*
FBI Africa Internet Fraud Watch/Alert*
*Telephone: (+1)- 206-350-1002*
*Email: <>
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*We received your email and wish to inform you that this is never a child’s
play, we are ready to take you to any length if you fail to proof the
legitimate source of the fund you are about to receive. We decided to
transfer the payment office direct to the Benin Republic because of the
complains being received on sending fees to Fraudsters, so we have
organized an office with the ICPC for the fees to be paid direct to the
Benin Republic office of the ICPC.

As a Federal Commission, we are here to protect your interest and the
interest of all the United State citizens as well as this great Nation. You
have been investigated as the beneficiary of the said funds and that is why
you are in touch with the FBI for a solid proof before the funds will be
released to you.

We also have in our file here that the CLEAN BILL CERTIFICATE and FREE
CITIZEN CERTIFICATE has been issued to you already or rather still not sent
to you yet and you are advised to keep them because it will be requested
from you any moment from now as soon as you have been able to secure this
present document as required by all the agencies both here in the USA and
in Benin Republic for Clearance of your name from the ICPC wanted list and
that of the CIA.

It has come to the attention of our Money Trafficking Investigation
Department that you have some funds valued at U.S $1.2 Million to your
name, The said payment is awaiting adjudication and crediting to your
account from Inheritance ‘willed ‘ from Central Bank of Benin precisely.

With full concern of the F.B.I and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), we
wish to remind you of the consequences of remitting such huge sums of money
without complying fully with the provisions of the Financial and Allied
Matters Decree 5 as amended in sub-section C (6) of 2003 Banking Act, which
stipulates that any monetary transaction been done in the United States of
America must have proper

records, which duly guarantees and covers the transaction as legitimate and
legally acquired and not criminally or terrorist associated funds. This is
due to ongoing terrorist activities/economic crimes on and against the
United States of America and its citizens.

Note that with the information we have here, the fund in your name was
released from Federal Republic of Benin.

You have just 3 hours to produce legal proof of the below frozen wired
transaction number coded AZQV111 You do not have any rights to receive
these funds if the documented legal wire information is not complete.

For your own good and benefit, you are advised not to send money to anybody
accept the ICPC that will issue the document to you. It has come to our
notice that you have been dealing with scammers regarding the present
transaction in your name, with the power invested on us by the United
States Government, you are hereby warned and instructed to terminate your
involvement with any people or individual contacting you regarding this
present transaction.

The said funds is now in our custody in your name as the beneficiary, your
dealings should be channel to this office alone, if we find out you are
still communicating with impostors you will be charged for advance fraud
communication by the Federal Law.The very heart of FBI operations lies in
our investigations–which serve, as our mission states, ‘to protect and
defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats
and to enforce the criminal laws of the United States.’ So follow our
instructions properly to avoid any action against you. We have your address
and the evidence and status of your wired funds, so we can arrest you
anytime anywhere.

The payment should be sent through either Western Union Money Transfer or
Money Gram Transfer with the below details to the ICPC OFFICE:

Receiver Name:_________Jona Uzoma Simple
Country:________Benin Republic
City Code:_______00229
Test Question:______Who is our savior?
Answer:________The Lord Jesus
MTCN Number:_________

The payment details should be sent once the payment has been sent and don't
forget to include the Senders Name and Address and the MTCN NUMBER

NOTE: We have asked for the above document to make available the most
complete and up-to date records possible for no criminal justice purposes.

WARNING: failure to produce the above requirement in the next 48 hours
because we have actual guarantee the agency that you will get the document
by today, legal action will be taken immediately by arresting and detaining
you.You shall be tried and if found guilty, you will be jailed.. As
terrorism, drug trafficking and money laundering is a serious problem in
our community today. The F.B.I will not stop at any length in tracking down
and prosecuting any criminal who indulge in this criminal act.

Thanks as I wait for your response

Anti-Terrorist and Monetary Crimes Division
Fbi Headquarters In Washington, D.C.
Federal Bureau Of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20535-0001 Website:

[image: FBI Seal] <>

FBI Director
Robert S. Mueller, III
*[image: Sidebox FBI Agent][image: FBI BADGE] *
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