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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: Mrs Jessica Lambert <>
Reply-To: Mrs Jessica Lambert <>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:13:27 +0000 (UTC)

Attention: Friend,


Let me start by introducing myself I am Mrs. Jessica Lambert, I was directed by Thomas Yayi Boni President of Republic of Benin and the chairman Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) ,to notify you on the investigation that took place here in Benin.

In regards with the investigation that has happened recently here in Benin will noticed that you are dealing with some Beninese who claimed you have money with them and they have failed to make you get the money and you lost so much money during the process, I am currently paying so many people with the same problem. So I have been directed by the Benin government to pay you also but due the late registration of your name on the list of the people I have to pay, I will not be able to pay you much because of insufficient fund, so I will only pay you $1,400,000.00 (One Million Four Hundred Thousand dollars only) as compensation to what has happened to you.

I have prepared an ATM CARD on your name and I will advice you to contact the dispatcher to enable him send the ATM CARD to your home, below is the contact information of the dispatcher, make sure you contact him and get the ATM CARD.You have to contact Dispatcher now,for the delivery of your ATM with this information bellow.

1,Your Full Name:
2,Your Delivery Address:
3,Your Cell Phone Number:
4,Your Age:
5,Your Country:
7,Your Sex:

Below is the dispatchers information,Kindly contact him immediately you received this:

Mr. David I . Ben.
Remittance Manager,
Finance Bank Plc.
Telephone Number: +229-993-996-22

Note: The government of Benin has seized monies from everybody and cooperate bodies that has participated on the issue. We seize this opportunity to also warn that anyone or cooperate bodies caught bringing the name of the country to disrepute will be firmly dealt with within the ambit of the law. So you are advice to disregard any email you get from anyone or co-operate bodies and forward the email to us for proper conduct.

On behalf of the President of the Benin republic , we are truly sorry for the inconveniences and for what you encounter from the Beninese that make you lost so much money please speak well about Benin in your country as soon as you get this ATM card.

Best regards,
Mrs. Jessica Lambert

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