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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. John REMY" <"jr.">
Reply-To: "Mr. John REMY" <>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2016 21:08:46 +0900 (JST)

Dear Beneficiary,

This is Mr. John REMY, United Parcel Service (UPS) Diplomatic Agent from Benin Republic. I am writing to inform you that I will be bringing your Bank Draft worth $5 Million United States Dollars to your doorstep. This payment was approved by the Federal Ministry of Finance last year.

I was assigned by United Parcel Service Company, Benin Republic, to carry out this delivery; and according to my Director, Henry Adams, I must complete this assignment within the shortest period of two weeks. So, you see that I have not much time to waste. I am saying that “I have not much time to waste” because you have done it before.

I am very sure as well as you do that this is not the first time you are receiving the information of this fund from us. If you can remember clearly, we informed you about this fund last year but you ignored our emails and phone calls. For that reason, we postponed the delivery to this year. However, we are planning to see that you receive the Bank Draft this year. But if you know that you will not follow the instructions as laid down hereon you should not bother to reply this email.

The reason why I have not dispatched the Bank Draft yet is because there is a fee you need to pay up ― that’s a security keeping fee. You need to pay up the security keeping fee which the Bank Draft has accumulated over the period of one year. Once you settle the security keeping fee, I will be given the full clearance and delivery instruction to complete my assignment.

Secondly, you need to provide your personal information and address where you want me to bring the Draft. You should provide information such as, the nearest airport to you, home or office address, ID card/Driving license or int’l passport and telephone/mobile numbers which I will use to get in contact with you once I arrive in your country.

I am eagerly expecting your response.

Yours sincerely
Mr. John REMY,
UPS Diplomatic Agent,
Cotonou, Benin Republic

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