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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: "" <>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:51:51 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Coris Bank International Transaction Alert Service

Dear Customer

We have being instructed by the Ministry of Economy and Finance Benin republic to pay off your contract bond worth $8.5million dollars the funds through ATM Card without any delay because World Bank has credited your account under the Coris Bank International and you will be receiving Transaction Alert Service on your cell phone and kindly reconfirm the below information to enable us dispatch your ATM card:
Your Full Name:
Your Age:
Cell/Mobile Number:

And also you are require to send little money for the registration and no additional fee required only the registration fee contact us for the information on the below information:

Sir. CJ Felix
Director Coris Bank International (Visa Incorporation Benin)
Contact Email: (
Direct Office lines: +229-68554966

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