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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.Hassan Saliman <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:31:57 -0400
Subject: Your Fund Settlement Notification

The Board of federal ministry of finance and International Investment republic of Benin are here to notify you of your Compensation inherited funds of $15 Million Dollars after the meeting held on last month His Excellence (Yayi Boni) The PRESIDENT OF FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF BENIN has Instructed Ministry of Finance Settlement Department to Release your funds and Notify you and you should let us know how you want to receive the fund maybe by ATM CARD or we should use our Financial Security Company Diplomatic Mission to make the Delivery of the fund by Consignment Box to you in your Country.
First Option, you can receive your fund by issue ATM CARD for you whom you can be using cash the fund daily $4,500 till you Complete your Fund.
Second Option, We can use our diplomatic mission to deliver the fund to you in your location by consignment box delivery for Diplomatic Delivery provide or to receive the ATM CARD this information below:
Full Name:
Nearest Airport:
Full Address of your House:
Phone Number:
As soon as you forward this information to us we will the processing of the Transferring of the fund to you.
Your information to this E-mail:
Cell phone: +22968717672
Mr. Hassan Saliman
Ministry of Finance

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