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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: Tue, 4 Nov 2014 18:19:07 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: WESTERN UNION AND Finance Ministry

 Dear Customer:

The Board of federal ministry of finance Benin republic. are here to
notify you of your payment inherited funds of $1.5million after the meeting
held on 15th of Oct' 2014. His Excellence the PRESIDENT OF FEDERAL REPUBLIC
OF BENIN DR YAYI BONI. has Instructed this Department to send your funds
through western union money transfer for easier receive of your
inherited funds without any further delay. to avoid paying money to the
fraud stars that is going on through the global.

You are required to send your name and address were you want your fund
to be send through western union, the maximum amount you will be
receiving each day starting from
tomorrow is the sum of $5000.00. This is the MTCN: 54652731##  for
$5000.00 also your are required to send us the sum of $95 dollar for
renewing and reconfirming your file that was deposited in this office
with your name and address bellow.

Beneficiary name---------------------
Address----------------------- ---------
Country....................... .........
Tel phone------------------------- ----
AGE........................... ..............

EMAIL: As soon as the required fee of $95 is send today for the renewing and
reconfirming the payment file of your funds you will start receiving your
funds as from tomorrow.Send the $95 dollar through western union with the
name and address below:
Here the information,

Receivers Name:.........PAUL William
Country:........Republic of Benin

We await to receive the western union payment information today.Please if
you are not the real beneficiary don't respond on this,Call Dr.JOHN APKU
on this number +229-98761125 for him to know that you have contacted him
with your information's.
Yours in

WESTERN UNION AND Finance Ministry
Federal republic of Benin.

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