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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: Central Bank of Benin <>
Reply-To: Central Bank of Benin <>
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2013 23:44:39 +0800 (CST)


central bank of benin has obtained your contact details as legitimate owner of the approved funds.
CENTRAL BANK Copyright 2004-2013 CENTRAL BANK Cotonou Benin Republic
IMFDUS3WXXX         Your ref.
Attention: Please.
message is reaching you
from the office of the International Monetary Funds. (IMF),  My name is
Mr. . Ben Richard Resident Representative of (IMF) here in
Benin Republic. I am writing this mail with deep sorrow as saw your name on the file last 2week ago as the one of the most beneficiary which did not receive their fund compensation valued US$6.5millon which was
supposed to been delivery to you, so after the board executives meeting
last week it was concluded that your total fund of US$6.5millon should
be convert into ATM Visa Card which I have done already, so we went to
the delivery company to register your ATM Visa Card. All the necessary
arrangement of delivering your ATM Visa Card was made with DHL Courier
Company Ltd here in Cotonou Benin Republic,
I am very happy
today because all the movement I made, every thing goes normally. So the
only company that agree to carry on the delivery to your home address
is DHL Courier Company on one
condition, as they found out that the Card is not having insurance
coverage on it, more I rush to insurance company to check the cost of
insurance coverage, which they check the value of the money has been
loaded into the ATM Visa Card, which the cost of insurance is $80.00. 
We have done many deliveries already but arrangement of delivering your
ATM Visa Card to you started last week Friday.
Here is the DHL Tracking Number of Mrs. Cynthia Bartley who received her funds.
(1) Click Here . To tracking it,
(2) Tracking Number: 6881353721
Here is the DHL Tracking Number of Mr. Tyson Lester who received his funds.
(1) Click Here . To tracking it,
(2) Tracking Number: 6881353813

are the next person right now. So all I want you to do now is to send
the $80.00 for  the insurance coverage of your ATM VISA CARD to enable
me personally make the deposit
and provide you with the tracking evidence of the shipment for you to
confirm and know the location and time of arrival of your ATM Visa card.
But if you can not come up with the insurance coverage fee don’t expect
to receive anything.
Your ATM Visa card is still with me as am
talking with you right now, so you have to send the insurance coverage
fee immediately so that I can move with insurance company to insure your
card as soon as possible, payment information below. Send the money
through Western Union and send it immediately because it is better to do
the right thing at the normal time, 
In addition, I am hereby
giving your every guarantee and also 100 % percent assurance that this
is the only money you will pay payable and after you pay it you will
receive your ATM Visa Card and start withdrew your fund immediately
without any setback, so try to send this fee today through Western Union
with the provided
information below. 
1. Receiver name:............. Mr. Ignatius Obeche.
2. Country:............. Benin Republic.
3. City :............... Cotonou.
4. Zip Code........+229
5. Test question:....When?
6. Test answer:......Today
7. Amount ..........US$80.00 only.
after this payment we need your full information because is very improtant
Your Country Name___
Your State Name______
Your City & Home Address______
Your Occupation______
Your phone number____
A Copy Of Your id____
Your Age/Sex______
Your Nearest International Air-Port------------

have to stop every transaction you are communicating with other
organization to avoid delay on the processing of your funds; we have
taken over the transaction.
Have a wonderful day and may god be with you in all your endeavors.
Mr. Ben Richard
Resident Representative in
Tel: +(229) 99604056

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