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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.Mahmand Abubaka" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 10 May 2016 11:03:28 -0400

Head Office Department in Republic Du Benin
Presidential Quarters Rue 1478 Cotonou.
Telephone Number +229 6842 8015
Email Address:(


A power of attorney was forwarded to our office this morning by one gentle
man and he is a citizen from united state of America and his name is MR

This man claimed to be your representative and this power of attorney stated
that you are dead after brief illness and he brought account to replace your
information in other to claim your fund of $8.5 million us dollars which is
now lying dormant and unclaimed, below is the new account he have submitted:

City Bank
Account# / 6503809428.
Address 1076 Peter Johnson Road
New York, USA,

Be further informed that this power of attorney also stated that you
suffered and died of a throat cancer. You are therefore given 24 hrs to
confirm the truth in this information, if you are still alive, you are to
contact us back immediately, because we work 24 hrs just to ensure that we
monitor all the activities going on in regards to the transfer of
beneficiary's inheritance and contract payment.

You are to call this office immediately for clarifications on this matter as
we shall be available 24 hrs to speak with you and give you the necessary
guidelines on how to ensure that your payment is wired to you immediately
and also be inform that any further delay from your side could be dangerous,
as we would not be held responsible for any wrong payment. Contact us as
soon as possible if you are truly alive as we have his identification and
residence he provides for us to wired the payment to him.

Note: we want you to re-confirm your personal information below to enable us
renew and update your file before we will take next step.

(1) Full Name.............
(2) Country/State/ City Name.............
(3) Delivery Address.........
(4) Occupation.............
(5) Sex..................
(6) Age.................
(7) Telephone Number...........
(8) A Cope of Your Passport/ Drivers Licenses........................
(9)monthly income.............................................

Best Regards.
Mr.mahmand Abubaka (Director General)
International Monetary Funds Unit.
Republic Du Benin.
Telephone Number +229 6842 8015

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