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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: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:56:51 -0700
Subject: I shall be coming to your country for an official meeting on today monday.

I shall be coming to your country for an official meeting on today monday.
and I will bringing your funds of $2.5 million united state dollars along
with me as part of compensation from the president of Benin for those
affected in scams activities in Benin but this time I will not go through
customs because as an ambassador to Benin I am a us government agent and I
have the veto power to go through customs. As soon as I am through with the
meeting I shall then proceed to your address. (Send your cell phone number
and the address where you want me to bring the package).

You have really paid so much in this delivery that makes me wonder. You are
a very lucky person because I shall be bringing it myself and there is
nothing anything can do about it.

Your package $2.5 million united state dollars must be registered as an
ambassadorial package for me to defeat all odds and the cost of registering
it is $59.00 usd. The fee must be paid in the next 5 hours via western
union Or Money Gram so that all necessary arrangement can be made before
time will be against us.

This development is coming now that the ministry wants to offset all your
outstanding payments to all our legal foreign beneficiaries around the
world in which your payment file was affected. As you may know

Send the fee via western union transfer to my officer

Receiver's Name: Mark Nweke
Country Benin Republic
City Cotonou
Text Question: God
Text Answer: Bless
Amount: $59.00 Usd Only
Mtcn Number:
Sender Name:

As soon as you send the fee make sure you send me the payment information.
To this email address:

My flight is tomorrow and I expect you to comply before then so that the
delivery can be completed. If you do not comply, then it will not be my
fault if you do not receive your package.


Since August 7, 2009
Nominator Barack Obama
As President of the United States
Inaugural holder R. Borden Reams
As Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Formation October 14, 1960
Website U.S. Embassy - Cotonou
U.S. Ambassador to Benin
E-mail adresse (

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