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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: =?UTF-8?B?VHJlYXN1cnkgRGVwYXJ0bWVudCwgSW50ZXJuYXRpb25hbA==?= <>

Attention and Greetings,

I am Mr. John Campbell, the Chair person in charge of Treasury Department, =
International wire transfers of Benin Republic Federal Ministry of Finance.=
You are to reply through this my official email address. treasurydepartmen= because this is to inform you that your fund was br=
ought to my desk because the director & management of the WESTERN UNION & M=
ONEYGRAM transfer have declared to divert your fund to the government treas=
ury account just because you can not pay the wire transfer fee. In reasonin=
g wisely to this complain I told them to wait until I hear from you today s=
o that I will know the reason why you decide to reject such amount of money=
USD$2.5Million which is your rightful & legal overdue inheritance payment =
just because of transfer fee.

The reason why i sent this email to you is because its your sweat and for t=
his reason you still have this last chance to claim your fund if you can se=
nd USD$105.00 today because i have already arranged your wires ready for it=
s daily wires to you but failing to do this, i will allow them to have powe=
r over your fund and am very sorry if you failed as this is the last chance=
Therefore, send the USD$105.00 immediately you receive this email today and=
email your full name and address to me if you want your USD$2.5Million be =
send to you by western union OR Money gram transfer but the maximum amount =
officially allow for it per day wire to you is USD$7,500.00 per day until y=
ou receive your complete USD$2.5Million from here. The second option is for=
you to send me the full detail of your bank account if you want your fund =
be fully transfer by direct bank to bank wire transfer to your account at o=
nce. After you have sent the $105.00 and email me the mtcn numbers, you are=
to indicate your wish to receive your funds as I have stated above and the=
funds will be released to you without any hitch.

Here is the western union or money gram information in the name of my accou=
ntant to avoid delay in receiving your fund and remember that i have done m=
y best for you and i will make sure that your wire will begin to be release=
d to you from the moment you sent this $105.00 .

Send the $105.00 now and send me email with the western union mtcn or money=
gram reference numbers when you send the money, you can as well call me on=
this number +229-98409364, when you have sent the money now ok.

Receivers Name...IKEME BASIL
Pay-Out Country... Benin
Pay-Out City: Cotonou.
Address: Sain-Pierre Paul Cotonou, Benin-Republic.
Test Question:..God
Answer:.. Bless.
Amount to send: ...$105.00

(1). Your Full Name,

(2). Your Country,

(3). Your Direct Telephone Numbers,

(4).Your Direct Office Phone Numbers,

(5).Mobile Phone Number,

(6). Your Correct Home Address,

(7). Your Office Address,

(8). Your Current Occupation,

(9).Your Weekly/Monthly Income,

(10). Your age ,
Send it and email the MTCN control number, amount sent, name and address of=
sender to me for easy collection and once again remember to reply through =
this my official email address=C2=A0
TAKE NOTE: REPLY ONLY THROUGH THIS EMAIL: treasurydepartmentofficebenin@gma=

Mr. John Campbell.
Treasury Department, International
Wire Transfers, Federal Ministry of Finance Benin Republic.
Telephone: +229-98409364

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