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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:

Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:41:39 +0000 (UTC)

Resident Representative in Benin Republic

Good day to you,

Provision of Affidavit of Claim Certificate for Legal Cover/ Protection of US$3.5Million Dollars in favor of you.

Please let us start by apologizing to your humble and noble person, this is because your payment file worth the total sum of us$3.5Million us dollars has just been brought to my desk for cancellation which i have to taken my time to look into your payment file to know why your over due payment should be canceled and i found out that it was because of your inability to secure your Release Approval Order Certificate (RAOC) that is why they have resolved to have your payment of us$3.5Million us dollars canceled.

However, due to humanitarian ground and sympathy and because i do not want your payment canceled so i immediately called up the president to explain your matter to him as regards your payment and he personally called up a meeting which was resolved that all payment charges and any payment fee be reduced to it's barest menial in order to enable you afford to pay the fee so that your payment be released to you today.

To this end it will interest you to know that every and any fee/charges required of you have been reduced to only the sum of $80.00 us dollars this step is in order to enable you have this only fee paid so that your release approval order certificate (RAOC) is procured and acquired in other to enable the speedy accelerated transfer of your $3.5 Million us dollars to you.

Please we want you to know that you have till the end of today to effect the required payment so we can clear,release and effect the transfer of your fund worth us$3.5 Million us dollars in our care to any bank account of your choice, so we advice you to pay the $80. us dollars through the western union money transfer below information and send back the payment details to this office immediately the payment is effected by you now.

Send the $80.00 us dollars through Western Union or Money gram.

Receiver's Name :::ANUMUDU CHUKS
City  :    Cotonou Benin Republic
Country : Benin Republic
Question: Be Rest
Answer:  Assure
Amount: $80.00 us dollars only
Sender's Name:.........................
MTCN Number:.......................

We want you to know that we are indeed very very sorry for any inconveniences any delay this must have caused you in having your fund paid out to you long before now.

You will never ever regret paying the fee this is a promise to you after all your pains in the past as we are here to serve you as our word is our bond to you.

Confirm the receipt of this e-mail by you immediately and be rest assured that you will be smiling to your bank once you comply with the above directives now. Your urgent response to this e-mail now will go a long way in helping us ensure your payment is released to you within 24 hours of you acting as instructed you now. 

Looking forward for your immediate response today.

Best Regards,
Mr. Mohamed Farah
International Monetary Fund
Resident Representative in Benin Republic.
Telephone number to call :+229-6894-5517

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