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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:

Reply-To: "MR.JOHN MARK" <>
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2016 19:25:15 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Here is the information;MTCN;381-785-0242 HERVE ADJENIA

Finance Department Director
Eco bank Benin Republic Cotonou
Western Union Head Office Cotonou Benin Republic.

Attn: ,


This is to bring to your notice that your first payment of $5000us dollar was sent to your name today from here in our office according to the instruction from the UNITED NATIONS ORGANIZATION {U.N.O} in association with the Ministry of Finance Cotonou-Benin Republic which indicates that we should be sending to you daily payment of $5000us dollar per day until your total fund of $1,200,000us dollar is completely release to you of which your email address won in the ongoing online compensation scheme from UNITED NATIONS.

Here is the information’s of the $5000us dollar your first payment we release to you below, but you can track it and see is available to pick up by you but is on hold to the International Monetary Fund ask us to place it on hold due to (International Monetary Fund) required the Clean Bill Record Certificate which will cost you $75us dollar.

Here is the information of the $5000 your first payment we release to you below, you can click it on to see that is available to pick up by the receiver, but you can not pick it up until you send the sum of $75 for the Clean Bill Record Certificate.

Sender's First Name: HERVE
Sender’s Last Name: ADJENIA
MTCN: 381-785-0242
Test Question: Who Is Great
Answer: God

The minister administrator trust fund said that nobody has legal right over your fund therefore we can’t be able to deduct or add any amount from the arranged fund, because it's against our law and regulation that is the reason you must send the fee $75 to enable the (IMF) Office (International Monetary Fund place the sent $5000 to your name because the money Is not place in your name yet that is why you can’t be able to pick the sent $5000 USD right now.

So kindly send the $75 to below name through Western Union Money Transfer;

Receiver's Name:DUBEM NWAOZUZU
Country:Benin Republic
Text Question:when?

Please proceed with the payment using the above instructions. After making the payment, you are to fill in the under listed details for your payment confirmation:

1. Sender's Names As Used In Sending The Money: ?
2. Sender's Address/Country: ?
3. Amount Sent: ?
4. M.T.C.N Number: ?

Your first installment of $5,000.00 USD which we have just sent to you will be released and made payable to you after 3 hours upon receipt and confirmation from you.Thank you.

Contact Person:Dr.John Mark
Director Foreign Transfers/Payment
E-mail (
Phone Number: +229-98716291
Thanks and hope to read from you soon,
hope to read from you soon,

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