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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: "Mr. James W.Victor" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2012 09:13:38 +0000

From: Mr. James W. Victor
Executive Payment Officer (UN)

This is to officially inform you that we have verified your contract
/inheritance file presently on my desk, and I found out that you have not
received your payment due to your lack of co-operation and not fulfilling
the obligations giving to you in respect to your contract /inheritance

Secondly, you are hereby advised to stop dealing with some non-officials in
the bank as this is an illegal act and will have to stop if you so wish To
receive your payment immediately, again we have resolved in finding a
Solution to your problem, and as you may know, We have arranged your $12.5
million through our SWIFT CARD PAYMENT CENTER

In Europe, America and Asia Pacific, which is the instruction given by the
president, YAYI BONI (GCN).

Therefore this Bank ATM card center will send you an ATM CARD which you Will
use to withdraw your money in an ATM MACHINE in any part of the

World, but the maximum is ($5,000.00) Five Thousand Us Dollars per day.

So, if you like to receive your fund this way, please do let us know by
Forwarding the below details to the bank.

Full names: __

Address: ____

Country: ____

Zip Code: ___

Sex: __

Age: __

Marital status: ____

Occupation/Position: ___

Scan copy of any of your identification: _

Tel/House /private: __

Mr. / Mrs.___ ___

Forward the above details to this information below.




Tel: +229-97-31-45-42

Fax: 0022999323357

Click on this link to see for yourself


Remember that Your Total Fund to be received is US $12.5Million Instead of
losing some portion of your fund, please indicate to the Card Center the
total amount you are expecting, and for your information you have to stop
any further communication with anybody or office. On this regards, do not
hesitate to contact me for more details and direction, and also update me
with any new development.

Note: Because of impostors, we hereby issue you with our code of conduct,
which are (X209) so you have to indicate this code when contacting this Card
CENTER and the compulsory payment is the sum of $75.00 dollar only for the
Approval and clearing Documents of your fund from the Federal High Court of
Benin Republic.

Thanks for your co-operation.


Mr. James W.Victor

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