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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: Godwin Emera <>
Reply-To: Godwin Emera <>
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 02:14:57 +0200 (SAST)
Subject: From United States Former Ambassador to the Republic of Benin

>From United States Former Ambassador to the Republic of Benin

This is Mr GODWIN EMERA. the Former United States Ambassador to Republic of Benin, I came down here in Cotonou Benin Republic for an ECOWAS meeting and I was searching for some files that I left in this office before I left and found out that you have not received your fund, and I asked the present ambassador Mr James Knight what happened that you have not receive your fund since many years ago, and he said that you refused to pay the required fee for the delivery of your ATM CARD. I'm contacting you this morning because the director of the ATM CARD center here in Benin Republic said that they will divert your ATM CARD to the Government Treasury just because that you cannot pay for the service fee of your ATMCARD which is$99.00 only according to them.

But I told them to wait until I hear from you today so that I will know the reason why you rejected such amount of money $1.9 Million dollars which will change your life just because of $99.00 I want your urgent response as soon as you receive this email and explain to me the reason why you have abandon your ATM CARD because of $99.00 But if you don't need it then I can change your name to another person so that this Government will not claim this money but I know that you will love to have it.

My dear I want to help you to receive this fund because it was a big shock to me that you have not receive your ATM CARD and withdraw your money since many years you will receive your fund before the end of this meeting. Once you comply back I will give the information to send the $99 and note that I will be paid before you receive your ATM CARD.

You advice to forward us your full information listed bellow to avoid wrong delivery.

Your Receivers Name
Your Address
Your Country
Your Phone Number
Your ID Copy
I will wait to hear from you today once you receive this email.

Your Sincerely
MR.Godwin Emera

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