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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: "Hon. Mrs. Elena Frame" <>
Reply-To: "Hon. Mrs. Elena Frame" <>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 16:18:15 +0000 (UTC)

 Good day to you dear beneficiary.

I am here to inform you that your Fund (Us$1.7 Million Dollars) has been released by the Ministry of Finance Republic of Benin after the meeting held in the United State of America with the United State Treasury Department and West Africa Union to release all Funds belonging to America and European citizen's, as well as other Africa country's which have been trapped by those banks in West Africa, we noticed that these departments are demanding illegal requirement's to make it impossible for beneficiary's to claim their Winning , Compensation and Inheritance Funds.

The IMF concluded to release your fund of $1.7 million usd through the service of Western Union Money Transfer, All you have to do now is to contact Western Union Director Benin Republic, Mr. Bill Martins and ask him what you need to do to enable them activate your account file so that you can be able to start receiving your Western Union Payment of (Us$5,000) daily according to Western Union daily transfer limit. Note: All you have to do is to follow the Western Union transfer procedure as they have concluded with the United State Treasury Department to release your Fund through Western Union legal transfer procedure. Contact Western Union Director on their information bellow;

Contact person: Mr. Bill Martins
Western Union Director.
Address: No 101/22 Ecowas Avenue,
Apkapka Express Road Cotonou,
Benin Republic.
E-mail: (
Phone: +22968824070

Reconfirm your personal information to him, and ask him what you have to do so that you can start receiving your payment of (Us$1.7 Million Dollars) without any delay or call him on the above provided phone number, Thanks.

Mrs. Elena Frame

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