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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:

Reply-To: ROBIN DAVID <>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 11:04:41 +0000 (UTC)

178 AVENUE PAPE JEAN PAUL II,01 B.P.4040, COTONOU REPUBLIC DU BENINTelephone : +229-97844712.Website: http://www.Western
Attn: My Dear Customer
This is to acknowledge the receipt of your fund in regards to your compensation (US$5,800.000) payment through this Western Union Branch Office here in Cotonou Benin Republic. We are instructed to send your funds to your address in your city Western Union office from here in Benin Republic office Western Union money transfer and you will be receiving your fund ( $5000 U.S. D) per day until you received all your total payment which is the sum of US$5,800.000 as scheduled in our office here.
We wish to convey to you that every other necessary arrangement for transmission of your payment has been completed by the Western Union Office , But we will not hesitate to inform you that it is now your responsibility to officially settle for the re-validation administrative charges of your payment file in order to enhance a successful transfer of your payment without any obstruction along the line.
Furthermore, we are therefore notifying you that you are to officially make an administrative charge of ( $95.00 only ) to enable us process the validation of your payment file through our head office here. Note In Western Union transaction when an amount of fund in transition is more than US$8,000.00 Dollars, the document file will be validation before the transfer will commence as ordered by the Federal Ministry of Finance and in all the Money Grams of the world-wide.
We want you to know that this is a legitimate transfer and that is why our Federal Ministry of Finance said that your file which was deposited at this Western Union  must be validated before the transfer will commence.
Be rest assure that as soon you send this $95.00 we must start transferring your fund to you through this Money Gram Department 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 to you.
You should send the $95.00 via western union through the name of our cashier manager RALPH EMEKA.Below is the destination address:
Reciever name/ RALPH EMEKACity / CotonouCountry / Benin republicQuestion/ How LongAnswer/ TodayMTCN .............................. ..........SENDERSNAME................... ..............
Send to us western union payment information as soon as you send themoney to enable us pick the money immediately and start the shippingas soon as possible and All your full receiving information is kindly needed.such as.
Beneficiary name---------------------Address--------------------------------Tel phone-----------------------------
Looking forward for your anticipated response.Very best regards,
Contact Person:MR.Don WoodEmails: ( Number: +229 (97844712)
Yours in serviceMrs.Robin David (ESQ).Finance Ministry Federal of Benin.

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