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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: "scott" <>
Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2012 16:07:31 -0400

ATTENTION:MY DEAR GOOD FIREND   The Board of federal ministry offinance benin republic. are here to notify you of your paymentinherited funds of $2.8MILLION dollars . after the meeting held on 6thof Agu 2012. His  Exellence the PRESIDENT OF FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF BENINDR YAYEE BONI. has Instructed this Department to send your fundsthrough western union money transfer for easier receive of yourinherinted funds without any further delay. to avoid paying money tothe fraud stars that is going on through the global.You are required to send your name andaddress were you want your fund to be send through western union themaximium amount you will be receiving each day starting from tomorrowis the sum of $5000.00. also your are required to send us the sum of$85.00 dollar for Re-newing and recofirming file that was deposited inthis office with your name and address bellow .Beneficiarey======= Address========= Tel phone======== Country========= City============ Test Question====== Answer========== Contact with  this informations below:CONTACT PERSON:MR JAMES UBAHTEL: +229-9878-9714EMAIL: ( you send the money you try and callthis number +229-9878-9714 to give him the MTCN NUMBER now ok As soonthe required fee of $85 .00 is send today for the renewing reconfirmingthe payment file of your funds you will start receiving your funds asfrom tomorrow.Send the $85.00 dollar through western  union with the name and address below:Receiver name=====MR SAM CHIKACountry=========Benin RepublicCity===========CotonouTest Question=====GODAnswer=========BLESSAmount==========$85.00Mtcn Number=======Sender Name=======We await to receive the western unionpayment informations today. Please if you a are not the realbeneficiary dont repond or deliteYours in serviceFinancial MinisterFederal republic of BeninWAITING TO HEAR FROM YOU AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

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