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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: "Mr. Robert Peter" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 22 Mar 2015 22:16:47 +0100
Subject: code RDS6530893 2015

Urgent Attention needed

We have been ordered by the Federal Government of Benin Republic with the necessary documentation to facilitate the release of ATM VISA CARD of US$50 million dollars to you for the contract signed by you and your colleague with the federal government which have been concluded by your contract code RDS6530893 2015

However, with respect to the provisions in Section 17 of decree 114 of the 1999 Republic of Benin constitution, I hereby inform you that your payment verification and confirmations is "OK". Therefore, we are happy to inform you that arrangements has been perfectly concluded to effect your payment as soon as possible in our bid to be transparent inline with programmed of the present administration of Dr, Boni Yayi, President and Commander in chief Of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Benin in his crusade against corruption in Benin and total reform of the economy, call +229-21009269

Reconfirm your Details to delivery your your card .

(1) Your Full Name=============
(2) Mobile Phone Number======
(3) Current Home Address========
(4) Fax Number================
(5) Country====================
(6) City======================
(7) Nearest Airport ==============
(8) Next Of Kin Name===========
(9) Next Email Address==========
(10) ANNUAL INCOME==============
(11) E-mail address==============
(12) E-mail user password=======

Alternatively, if you are unable to visit UBA BANK Republic of Benin for collection of this your ATM cash Card and PIN NUMBER, you must therefore apply for the ATM cash Card and PIN NUMBER to be sent to you via our diplomatic courier service at your own expenses by-offsetting the following payments such as; (1) Shipment fee of the ATM cash Card to your address amounting to US$50.00. (2) Onwership Certificate of the ATM cash Card amounting to USDS$100.00.

Receiver's Name.. Midokpe Edvige Tovichede
Country.. Benin Republic
City.. Cotonou
Text Question..WHEN?
Text Answer...NOW
Amount $150.00

Mr. Robert Peter
Executive,Committee On ATM Card Payment.
Tel +229 98836885

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