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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: "Gen. John F. Kelly" <"www.">
Reply-To: "Gen. John F. Kelly" <>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:08:17 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From The U.S Department Of Homeland Security.

Timothy J. Lowenberg,
Adjutant General and Director State Military Department Washington Military Dept.,
Bldg1 Camp Murry, Wash 98430-5000 USA.

Good Day To You,

I hope this email finds you in good spirit and in good health? because I am quite aware of your losses in the past years till now through this Security Official Intelligent Tracking Devices (SOITD). It may surprise you that I am also aware of your Consignment Boxes Pursuit In Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Spain, France, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Korea and etc. I am Rtd. Gen. John F. Kelly (Retired U.S. Marine Corps General), the Current secretary of U.S Department Of Homeland Security, I am in charge of monitoring all Foreign Transactions in Africa, Europe, Asia,even Australia and other continents which has kept me in constantly traveling round the world ever since I assumed office on January 20, 2017.

I have been in the U.S Department Of Homeland Security Secret Service now since the Government of President Donald Trump took over power from Obama Administration, monitoring the various transactions going on in Africa, Europe and Asia, most especially Consignments Cases, ATM Card Cases and pending Bank Transfers. I do not intend to spoil your day or to put you under duress. But you can not receive any of your Consignments Boxes, ATM Visa/Master Card and Bank Transfer pursuit, without a Clearance from this U.S Department Of Homeland Security. However, upon my arrival in Republic Nigeria after series of meetings with our President Donald Trump and United Nations Secretary General António Guterres, due to numerous complains from other Security Agencies from Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, Antarctica,South America And The United States Of America respectively, and against the Nigeria Government and Benin over the rate of Scam/Fraudulent Activities going on in these Africa Countries and around the World.

When I arrived at in the Benin Republic Parliament in Cotonou and went through all cases of unpaid funds, I found your Consignment Box Clearance File laying on the Foreign Affair Office Desk without any attention and on a thorough scrutiny, I discovered that your Consignment have been abandoned by your delivery agent. Meanwhile, I was made to understand that the Foreign Affair Office have tried to reach you all to no avail and they have made several attempts to contact your delivery agent but failed. To my greatest surprise, during my recent routine Re-Checking, I personally discovered that your Consignment Content Declaration Document (C.C.D.D)stated that your Consignment Contains Personal Effects meanwhile, it contains United States Dollar Cash Us$20 Million Dollars, (Twenty Million United States Dollars) which made it impossible for the Consignment to be delivered to you earlier before now.

Based on this personal discovery, I am contacting you now to let you know that with my position and power as the secretary of U.S Department Of Homeland Security and now I am presently here in Republic of Benin to handle this matter of all unpaid foreign payments to their respective owners like you. I can assist you to legally clear your Consignment Funds and personally make the shipment to you on my traveling back, but you must agree with the following conditions. Because i have called our office in Washington,Dc from here in Benin Republic, who has been intercepting all your E-Mail Communications, telephone Text/Sms messages & all telephone Calls, with the help of MTN, Tigo Vodafone and Airtel Network Benin. I also received some information from our Homeland Security Office representative here in Republic of Benin, they have confirmed about your emails, & other communications that you have been dealing and sending Money to people in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Togo, Benin , UK & etc who claims to be the Western Union Directors and representatives of other unofficial offices. You are also dealing with a Bank, and other names which I am still waiting to be forwarded to me from Our Office In Washington, Dc. My office authority have monitored all your dealings with those Hoodlums.

You are advice to from hence fort stop further dealings with all the above mentioned people, until we complete our investigation. Because your dealing with them is termed as illegal transaction. I wish to inform you that we the Homeland Security is on look out for all the above mentioned names, mostly those who claims to be the director of West African Debt settlement, Western Union And Money Gram and ATM Card offices and including the property recovery Benin. All these mentioned people are importers, and we intend to apprehend them soon. I want you to please stop communicating, and dealing with them until we complete our investigation. I wish to notify you about the latest development concerning your Consignment Box content of your total USD$20 Million that was already handed over to me today. Your Consignment Box content of your total USD$20 Million was assigned to me today after the meeting held between me and some of the top Parliament members of Benin Republic and the Foreign Affair Minister in the Benin Republic.

Accordingly, we have waved away all your Consignment Box "Clearance Fees" and authorized the Government of Benin Republic to allow me fly with this your approved Consignment Box to make the delivery to you without any delay which they have agreed. The only Fee you will Pay to confirm Your Consignment Box received in your possession is the "Air Flight Weight Fee" of your Consignment Box which is the sum of USD$98.00 only. In order words your Briefcase is with me now and I shall be coming to your destination to make the delivery to you as soon as you send me your below shipping details/Address where you will want your consignment be delivered to you.

Your Full Name: .........
Your Full Address: ......
Your Direct Telephone Numbers: .............

Preferably, you can send us your Mobile Phone number to enable an urgent direct contact with you on the arrival in your city. Hence I hear from you also with the MTCN Numbers for the payment of the Air Flight Weight Fee of your Consignment Box which is the sum of USD$98.00 only. Then I shall be coming along with your Consignment Briefcase Boxes content of your USD$20Million, but remember that as the secretary of The Department Of Homeland Security United States Of America, I am a Us Government Secret Security Agent and I have the power to go through any Airport Customs and security Agents without personal inspection or inspecting what I carry along.

And as soon as I arrive in your location, I will give you a telephone call and instantly send an email to you from my official Ipad Hand Computer which is always with me while traveling around the world so that you will give me a direction on how we can meet face to face and I will physically hand over your Consignment Box to you before proceeding back to to my official duty Post in the Washington DC. As soon as I arrive, I shall call you on your Telephone Number following an email to you then when you immediately respond, I will Meet you in person, hand over your Consignment Box to you and all these will end once and for all now. I have taken this assignment upon myself because I understand that you have really paid so much on the cost of these Delivery which I want to stop now, because nothing was received by you. So be advised to contact me immediately you get this email now because every thing has been done OK. Once you send the money, try to immediately notify me with the MTCN for easy pick up and for

Send the fee of USD$98.00 via Money Gram or Western Union Money Transfer using the below stated receivers name and information.

Receiver’s Name:.... CHIDI OKORE
Country:. . . . . . . . . . Benin Republic
City:. . . . . . . . Cotonou
Amount:. . . . . . . USD$98.00
Question:. . . . . . . . God bless?
Answer:. . . . . . . USA

As soon as you send the fee, make sure that you send me the MTCN numbers, senders name and other payment information. Once you send the Money try to immediately notify me with the MTCN for confirmation and for the immediate action on the shipping of your Consignments and its handing over to you. Also you are to forward to us any email that you have been receiving from people for proper verification and investigation before you deal with them okay.

Sincerely Yours,
Phone : +22961469994
Email: (
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