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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: "Mrs.Michelle Obama" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs.Michelle Obama" <>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 19:28:22 +0900 (JST)


How are you today?

I am Mrs. Michelle Obama and I am written to inform you about your Bank
Check Draft brought by the United Embassy from the government of Benin
Republic in the white house Washington DC which contains the sum of
$20.000.000 millions us dollars credited from the bank of America, the
delivery of your funds has been mandated to be deliver to your address on
30th MAY,2016 to you as soon as you get back to me with your home
address and your cell phone number.

Bear in mind that I have taking my time to be in charge of your funds as
instructed by my husband to ensure that you received your funds successfully
from the white house to reduce the economy and I'm the only one that has
your funds in regard to my husband Mr.Barrack Hussein Obama II and you will
have to pay the sum of $190 only before your Bank Check Draft will deliver
to you on 30th MAY,2016 the reason why the fee is required is to have your
funds clearance paper from the origin of the funds to avoid any harassment
from the authority and you are also expecting to be announce as winner of the
said amount by 30th MAY,2016 as soon as your fund is delivered to you.

So you are urgent advised to get back to me with your home address and also
the payment information today for immediate effect of your delivery. Note
that the $190 is the only fee and final payment you have my assurance.

However, according to our agreement with the originated Benin Republic, all
our communications should be on email for record purpose so follow my
instruction accordingly, even if you don't have the $190 try to borrow it
and send it immediately because this is your life opportunity and I don't
want you to lose the chance any more.

Please I will advise you to urgent make the payment this morning via western
union or money gram money transfer to the listed cashier information as
instructed you by the originated authority. I will look forward to received
your email today with the payment to enable the origin secure the required
clearance papers required at White House Benin to deliver your funds. Note
that it will take only 14hrs to deliver your Bank Check Draft in receipt of
the $190 payment.

Please find the payment data below to send the $190via Money Gram TRANSFER OR
WESTERN UNION.( Receiver Name::::: CHINEDU ONYEBO CHIKA)Send this fee to my Agent
.Williams Don
(423) 444-8427

Receiver's Names:--- CHINEDU ONYEBO CHIKA
Receiver's City:---- Cotonou
Receiver's Country:-- Benin Republic
Question:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Urgent
Answer:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Needed
Amount::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: $190 MTCN
reference number::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
Sender Name::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
Sender's Telephone:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
Sender's Address::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

I look forward to your respond to your email with the payment today.
Mrs.Michelle Obama
The White House
(Official Residence of the President of the US)
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington DC 20500 USA

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