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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: franco <>
Date: Sun, 14 Jul 2013 15:19:14 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Central Bank of the Benin

Central Bank of the Benin (CBB)
Office Location: 1-2 Ecowas Avenue

Dear Client,

The West Africa Monetary Agency re-called your ($5 Billion) five
Billion U.S dollars from Credit Suisse Zurich, Switzerland due to lark
of fund documentation. Now that the fund have been documented, the
central bank governor have agreed with West Africa Monetary Agency
WAMA`s director of operation to release your $5 Billion US Dollars.

The Central bank have to issue you a check, but the check have to be
cleared in one local bank here in Benin. And since you are not here in
the Benin you are required to open a non resident bank account here in
Benin under (Guaranteed Trust bank) and make sure the account is
activated. Soon as the bank account is opened on your name, activate
the account and send your account detail to Central bank for your check
to be issued and sent to the GTbank. Ones the check is cleared, your
amount will be credited into your bank account which will enable you
make withdrawals from your location.

The Central bank and WAMA have appointed barrister Jimmy Anderson to
assist you so contact him at: therefore
contact him immediately or call him: +229 99791580

Sincerely yours,
Mrs. Fatu Jallow.
Public relation officer.
Central Bank of the Benin

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