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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: Tue, 4 Dec 2012 23:47:37 +0800 (CST)


Telephone: +229 68414701 
 ATTN MY DEAR,                                 
We are very sorry for what happened for you in this our Country, 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  by ATM CARD which you have lost in before because you have been waiting to receive it from Dr. Jose Mallam, 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.
Note that all the delivery fee has been paid on your behalf. But you are advise to send  only $86 dollar immediately to our office for your clearance certificate because our agent will  proceed to Du' Benin High Court first thing tomorrow 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 Email address to avoid any mistake.
Your Full Name.......
Your Country........
Your City.............
Your Telephone Number........
The Amount You Lost..........
Your Passport..........................
Your Age................................
Contact our Office with this information below for more information and for quick deliver of your consignment.

Please, Please, Please, we want you check this tracking numbers below are few list of tracking numbers you can track from dhl website ( to confirm people like you who have received their payment successfully.

C.C.  ===========4413325836Roberta Carson======== 4413364756YISI SHEN==========1039882605GAVAN  LROD ========1222949486Mr. Kerry Schmidt======1106956535 Here are  the SCAMERS that were arrested,   Below is where you can send the $86 to our protocol officer.
Receiver's Name................CHILOKWU JOSEPH
Country...............Cotonou Benin Republic
Text Question..........Very
Your senders country.............
Your senders name.................
Please we are waiting for you, we should go to court with those thiefs before 12noon tomorrow.
God bless.
Inspector David
call our office telephone number once you receive this message for more information Telephone: +229 68414701

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