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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: Barrister Frank Nwaeke <>
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 01:27:08 -0700
Subject: Attention the Management Organization of African Unity (OAU)

*Attention the Management Organization of African Unity (OAU) *

*The Management Organization Of African Unity (OAU) And Committee United
Nation (UN) Western African Representative Conjunction with the Board
Directors of Benin Republic International Monetary Fund (IMF) has
concluded in board directors meeting with European High Commission
National Secretary and other some European Union in how to effect your
over due inheritance fund of US$2.800.000.00 Two Million Eight Hundred
Thousand United State Of American Dollars, directly to you in your
country, In View of these great opportunity in your favor, This committee
has been instructed the IMF Director Dr Philip Marco to pay through his
desk based in any means you wish to receive your fund without any

*After the official investigation and observation of your fund which
clarify and indicate that you are the right beneficiary of this contract
inheritance fund which has been currently informed and notified that your
fund will be transferred to you via any your choice such as bank to bank
wire transfer to your local private bank account in your country by the
mentioned which you will in person will control the transfer from the
transferring bank directly to your local account by your self from your own
personal computer or Via your Cell tel-phone, 2 Via Atm Master Card which
you will be withdrawing from any atm machine all over the world, 3 through
western union or money gram daily payment $5000.00 per day until your
total fund paid completed to you,*

*For your convenience, you will pay sum of $65.00 for the stamp duty of
your total payment file from the federal high court of Benin republic
before your payment will be able to commencing to you in any means of
your choice ok, Contact the IMF General director Benin Republic Dr Philip
Marco to Provide him your personnel information along with the $65.00 fee
payment information as we stated here where to pay the fee into and forward
him the full information as you used to made the payment via western union

*Here is the full information to use and send the fee Via western union
once you are interested to receive your your over due inheritance payment
through the desk of Dr Philip Marco,*

*Receiver Name---------MARCELO OBIELUO*

*Country------Benin Republic*


*Country Code-------229*

*Text Question---------Yes*

*Text Answer---------Yes*

*Amount To Send-------$65.00*

*Full Sender Name------------*

*Mtcn No 10 Digit---------------*

*Please try to contact him with your correct basic information also along
with the fee full payment info ok,*

*Contact Person Dr Philip Marco*

*IMF Director** Benin Republic**,*

*E-mail (
<> )*

*Tel-Phone +229-98333967*

*Note that the administrator payments need this detail from you to process
your payment: *


*Barrister Frank Nwaeke *



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