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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: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:07:28 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: of your outstanding fund US$2Million of yours


Why are you decided to make yourself a loser of this fund by refusing to pay the 60 dollars for the renewal of your transfer file,Be rest assure that as soon you send the $60.00usd they must start transfering of your fund through Western Union  within 2hrs after confirmation of the fee without any further delay and this is the only fee you have to pay in this transaction as it was written down already by the Federal government of this country that mapped out the compensation for you ok. What makes you think that you will not secure your fund and have Access of the fund as Beneficiary you should know that I have made everything possible for you so kindly go now and send this Fee US$40 Does it means that you are intentionally want to delay this matter and it has been long that I made the announcement of release of your fund which is ready to be with you so with all due respect I advice you to go now and send this Fee immediately without any delay and update me because I want you to secure this fund as a agreed and

Does it means that you are no more interested of making the claim of your outstanding fund US$2Million of yours which have successful channel to transfer and reflect into your bank and up till this moment you have decided to remain silent after I have personally took an Oath for you to secure this inform that the amount you will be receiving each day is $5,000.00usd once you send the $60.00usd  for the renewal of your transfer file, However,You are therefore advice to Contact the General Manager of Western union Department, Benin Republic ( Mr.Bab Coker ) through below email address:
Kindly notify  your nearest F.B.I office if you did not receive your first payment after 2hours you send the fee  from Mr.Bab Coker ok. and here is this email so that you can forward the payment to him once you send the money:(

Meanwhile, Start thinking on how good to invest your fund because I am
100% sure of this transaction and the fact will prove it's self the
moment you send this $60 usd. For sure I will personal make sure
that I send you your first payment immediately i receive the fee from you soonest to the  base on this
Send it to bellow information via western union or money gram:

Text Question: In God?
Text Answer: We Trust
Amount: $60 Dollars

I will be waiting on your urgent feedback with the MTCN of the $60.00 thanks.
and send him your Fund Release Pin R1209I so that he will transfer your fund to you immediately they receive the  $60 from you.
Thanks and accept our congratulations.
Phone +229 6060560
>From Minister Of Finance,
Federal Republic of Benin.

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