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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: Wed, 15 Aug 2012 08:07:14 -0400

ATTENTION:MY DEAR GOOD FRIEND   The Board of federal ministry of finance benin republic. are here to notify you of your payment inheritedfunds of $2.8MILLION dollars . after the meeting held on 6th of Agu 2012. His  Exellence the PRESIDENT OF FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF BENIN DR YAYEEBONI. has Instructed this Department to send your funds through westernunion money transfer for easier receive of your inherinted funds without any further delay. to avoid paying money to the fraud stars thatis going on through the global.You are required to send your name and address were you want your fund to be send through western union the maximium amount you will be receiving each day starting from tomorrow isthe 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 in this 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 call this number +229-9878-9714 to give him the MTCN NUMBER now ok As soon the required fee of $85 .00 is send today for the renewing reconfirming the payment file of your funds you will start receiving your funds as from 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 union payment informations today. Please if you a are not the real beneficiarydont repond or deliteYours in serviceFinancial MinisterFederal republic of BeninWAITING TO HEAR FROM YOU AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

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