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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Kodjo Mimosa" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 23:00:17 -0800
Subject: Attn: Beneficiary,

Attn: Beneficiary,
We want to officially notify you that your funds approved only US$4.7 Million, being part payment for your Overdue
Inheritance/Contract entitlements has been programmed to be transferred to a Bank Account in the USA, following
series of documents tendered by your Representative Mr. David L. Nielsen, and your Attorney Barrister John George
of J. George & Associates.
They have presented a "Power of Attorney" duly signed by you in which it was clearly stated that due to some
inevitable circumstances beyond your control (ILL HEALTH) that you will not be able to finalize this payment
yourself, thus appointing Mr. D.L. Nielsen to act on your behalf. All transfer documents have been forwarded to the
office of the Minister for Finance and the Central Bank of Benin Republic for final endorsement and are to be
concluded in a few days from now.
As a matter of urgency, we need a re-confirmation from you if the said Man and Attorney are your True
Representatives before we proceed to issue final payment release order. Find below the account information they
have presented for the transfer;
A/C Name: Blue Bell Realty, Inc.,
Bank: JP Morgan Chase Bank,
1 Chase Manhattan Plaza,
New York , NY.10081
Bank Routing #:021000021
A/C #:227863934766
We look forward to your swift response.
Kodjo Mimosa                                                                         
General Manager Operations                                                                     
Stirling Bank Plc, Cotonou                                                    
Republic of Benin
Call Me Now  ok Phone: +22968472168

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