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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.Daniel Marry" <>
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:47:06 +0300
Subject: Kindly furnish your details:


This is to notified you that due to the meeting held under the instruction of
the Ministry Of Finance Head office Benin Republic, we come to
realized that you
did not receive your fund total sum of $8.700,000.00 usd[ Eight Million Seven
Hundred Thousand United State Dollars since as result of unfaithful
and selfish
officer's who want to use you as their source of making money.

The approval was granted this yesterday by the appropriate department, State
below is the detail information of the affiliate bank for you to contact and
then remind them of your fund in their bank for immediate transfer
process to be
carry out.

Payment Director::Mr.Albert Alfred Brown
Telephone: +229-98759377

Kindly furnish your details:

Your Full name:
Your Home address:
Your Phone numbers:
Your Occupation:
Your Bank credential::

Information officer For Ministry Of Finance
Mrs.Daniel Marry

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