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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: Jayson Ahern <"WWW.">
Reply-To: Jayson Ahern <>
Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2016 05:41:58 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Tell Call line. +1 (208) 301-6896

From: Jayson Ahern

CBP Headquarters
Office of Public Affairs
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Room 3.4A Washington, DC 20229.
Tell Call line. +1 (208) 301-6896

Attention Dear

This is to acknowledge the receipt of your affirmation and to inform you of the latest development as regards the delivery of your Bank Cashier Cheque consignment package by the Diplomat Mark Ruben While scanning the package, our cash trace machine detected that the content of the package the Diplomat is delivering to you is bank chequel worth the sum of USD ($24.5 Million USA dollars) and he was stop at Diner International Airport. United state of America because the consignment box lack (Force of nation tag)which we required before he will be able to complete the delivery to your door step

It is very important that all the relevant documentations needed to authenticate the source of the funds are provided to prove that the funds were earned legitimately in accordance with the PATRIOT ACT so that the FBI,IRS and Homeland Security will not come knocking at your door. In lieu of the above,It is therefore mandatory that you provide the (Force of nation tag) of Funds to prove that the funds have no links with any form of illegality.

Being the beneficiary of the package,the (Force of nation tag) is the only way of confirming the source of the funds and it is your responsibility to provide the Certificate before the Diplomat will be allowed to complete the delivery To You Tomorrow. The Diplomat's Flight Details shows that he came from Benin Republic and we have contacted the relevant Authorities in that country to enquirer about the process of getting the (Force of nation tag).

We were informed that the beneficiary of the package will pay for the (Force of nation tag) and the cost of this documentation $385 Dollars, You have to pay this fee directly to them via Money Gram in the name stated below:

1: Receiver Name.....Prosper Jude
2: Country...........Benin Republic
3: City..............Cotonou
4: Amount............$385
5: Test Question......When
6: Answer............Today
7: sender s Name.....?
8: Reffrence number or Mtcn no..?

Upon the receipt of the payment information,the Certificate will be made out in your name by the Cotonou Republic Du Benin Authority, scanned and send immediately via email to us so that the Diplomat will be allowed to complete the delivery of your package to you tomorrow. Failure to pay for this documentation is a confirmation that you wanted to smuggle the funds into the country which is a federal of fence and a gross violation of the Patriot Act.

It is therefore in your best interest that you pay for the Certificate as instructed immediately as the consequences of refusing is very severe.

Yours Faithfully,

Jayson Ahern

A G Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
You call the Management Director of the Courier Service in Benin

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