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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: "UNITED STATES EMBASSY" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:09:57 -0800

Rue Caporal Bernard Anani
01 BP 2012, Cotonou, Benin
Phone; local: 2130.0650
Tel: +229 68 32 62 40
Fax local: 2130.0670
Ph #+229.2133.0670
Web site
Hours Monday to Thursday: 8:00 - 12:30 / 13:30 - 17:00
Friday: 8:00 - 13:30


Attention Please!!!

We the American Embassy in conjunction with the United Bank For African Cotonou, Benin Republic has come to agreement to send your funds via ATM Card without any

further delayed and they have did as instructed by the United Nations (UN) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) because of the recent lifted embargo on Foreign

transactions by Benin Republic Government, as matter of fact, your fund (ATM CARD) has already arrived in the one of the Airports in United States but the diplomat

signaled us that he lost your contact address as result of scrutiny at various Airports.

Now, Contact Diplomat Mr. Dennis Young with your full delivery address and more importantly your telephone number for easy communication to avoid delayed and mistake

on this information below;

Agent Name: Mr. Dennis Young
Email: (
Cell phone: (832)4295062

I advice you urgently now to reconfirm the above following information to him, so that he can deliver your fund as soon as possible.

Best Regards,
Mrs. Evelyn Berry
Duty Officer
United States Embassy.

This message contains information about the bilateral relationship between the United States of America and the Republic of Benin as well as foreign policy, economic

affairs, domestic issues, and U.S. society and values. Led by the Ambassador, the U.S. Mission works to foster a friendly relationship between the U.S. and Benin for

the benefit of both countries.

This communication is intended only for the recipient(s) named above; may be confidential and/or legally privileged; and, must be treated as such in accordance with

state and federal laws. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any use of this communication, or any of its contents, is prohibited. If

you have received this communication in error, please return it to the sender and delete the message from your computer system.

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