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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: Inspector General <>
Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2012 16:58:01 +0800 (CST)
Subject: Here are the SCAMMERS that were arrested, even Mark James is here






Telephone: +229 9826 6997      


 ATTN: MY DEAR,                       


My name is Mr. David Wilson  the inspector general of police Benin Republic,This is to inform you that the government of this country Benin Republic
are sending you the sum of $950,000,00dollars  which you have lost
in before because you have been waiting to receive it from Mr.Jerry
Wilfred, We got him arrested today.


The government is rewarding this funds as one of the scam victim.


We where able to get your
email through those that extort money from you when the police got them
arrested , One of them gave us your email address who called his name
Jerry Wilfred. The president of this country His Excellency Mr.Yayi Boni has sent aside the sum of $950.000 Dollars in consignment to send to you through Dhl Courier Company.


We thereby
have made a concrete arrangement with the DHL Courier Company for a
safe delivery to your door-step once the beneficiary meets up the demand
of the conveyance.


that all the delivery fee has been paid on your behalf. But you are
advise to send  only $98 dollar immediately to our office for your
clearance certificate because our agent will  proceed to Du'Benin High
Court first thing tommorrow morning so that he should get the
certificate before your consignment will leave this country.


The DHL Courier agent will use the certificate to obtain the transaction.


So you advice
to contact inspector general of police Benin Republic Office immediately
with your full information for delivery of your consignment and also to enable our office confirm that you are the real owner of this Emaill address to aviod any mistake.


Your Full Name.......

Your Country........

Your City............

Your Telephone Number.........

The Amount You Lost..........

Your Pasport..........................

Your Age................................


Contact our Office with this information below for more information and for quick deliver of your consignment.


Here are  the SCAMMERS that were arrested, Mr.Jerry Wilfred is here now



Below is where you can send the $98 to our protocol officer.

Receiver Name.....IWUNOR JOHN
Country..... Benin   Republic
City.... Cotonou
AMOUNT......$98 USD

Please we are waiting for you, we should go to court with those thiefs before 12noon tommorrow.


God bless.

Inspector David

call our office telephone number once you receive this message for more information Telephone: +229 9826 6997

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