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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: Fri, 14 Dec 2012 16:18:15 +0800 (CST)
Subject: Attention: Beneficiary,

Attention: Beneficiary,

There is an issue involving $1.5m
Dollar which was called to Our Bank (CAPITAL CITY BANK) from THE FEDERAL
MINISTRY OF FINANCE OF BENIN REPUBLIC concerning your compensation of $1.5000.00
Dollar has been forwarded to WESTERN UNION Agent Office and An instruction has
come directly from Mr. Andrew Jack of Ministry Of Finance.

He asked us
to start sending your fund install mentally $5,000.00 Dollar per a day through
International WESTERN UNION transfer. This type of transfer means, you will be
receiving $5,000.00 Dollar every day through the International WESTERN UNION
money transfer until the total of $1.5m Dollar is completely transferred to you.

As a matter of urgency,to effect your first payment of $5,000.00 Dollar
through WESTERN UNION, Now you have to Contact Mr.John Eze, the director
WESTERN UNION on his contact below as he is the person in charge of your

Name: Mr.John Eze
contact hime with this
E-mail: (
phone number +229-66080725

Here is the details you needed to forward
to them, in order to help you pick the first payment of your $5,000.00 Dollar.

Reconfirm your address:...
Full name:..
Personal Telephone

Mr Mark James
Cotonou,Benin Republic

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