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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: Dr Eddy Benson <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2016 13:29:43 -0700
Subject: Your Money Gram Transfer Ref no is ready Today

>From the Desk of Dr..Eddy Benson,
Operational Director General
Foreign Payment Officer
Tel: +229-98206775

Attention: Beneficiary,

This is to officially inform you that after today's Federal Executive Consul Meeting with Chief Judge of this Country, The ministry of Finance Benin Republic has approved that your fund of Nine Hundred and Eighty Thousand ($980,000.00) which was initial approved that western union will be paying to you $5000 us dollars on daily basis until your ($980,000.00) is completed, It has come to the notice of the newly appointed Minister that western union department wanted to RIP you off as a result of so much fees they are demanding from you and some of their staff were into fraudulent act therefore Federal Executive Consul Meeting (FEC) Has now ORDERED that your total fund ($980,000.00) will now be paid to you through Money Gram Money Transfer head office Republic of Benin,

Because we are aware that western union department requested about $136 us dollars more from you for them to use and re-activate your Payment File which has been dormant, But, it has now been approved that you will only send the sum of $36.00 us dollars for the re-activation, The minister of finance was unhappy when he come across your payment file, He ordered that instead of the initial demand which was $136, He now ordered that you will pay only $36.00 us dollars for the re-activation of your fund because he does not want your fund to still be in the country without it been transferred, So I would like you to act fast and send the $36.00 us dollars immediately after you receive this email, Remember that this is the only way you will claim your Money without any problem,

So you are been advise to send the re-activation fee of $36.00 us dollars to this below information,I want to assure that once you send the fee Today, You will start receiving your $5000 us dollars daily through Money Gram from Tomorrow morning,

Here is the information where to send the activation fee $36.00


Contact Email:[]

Director Foreign Remittance Department

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