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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: "federal bureau investigation " <"FBI.">
Reply-To: "federal bureau investigation " <>
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2017 13:13:02 +0900 (JST)


Fraud Department Agent JOHN BONHAM and Desmond. Mueller Iii Anti-Terrorist and
Monetary Crimes Division Fbi Headquarters In Washington, D.C. Federal Bureau Of

FBI-Washington Field Office 601 Street, NW Washington, DC 20535
Website: WWW.FBI.govWelcome to
FBI Homepage with links to news, services, stories and information of interest
to the public.

Am writing to make you understand that this is AGENT JOHN BONHAM representing the office of the FBI Director and our fraud department in which i head has
been informed about your refusal to comply with the directives from the FBI and we are going ahead with the arrest by today and tomorrow. We monitored your
contact with this con men through our global tracking device that detect all the incoming and outgoing e-mails and telephone calls globally from all the
countries of the world. We have your e-mail address under our monitoring device set-up any more e-mails to the fraudsters from you will be automatically
detected.....Our concern in this issue is for your name to be cleared from the scammers list which has already been submitted to all the crimes agencies in Benin, Germany and United States Of America. We make sure that the laws are
followed to the core and this is why the Benin Government which its citizen carried out the fraudulent activities with your information's which you sent to
them have to compensate you with the amount as regards the FBI Laws of Sub- Section 12/13 Of the United States Anti-crimes laws. We have in our file your details which you sent to them and we have checked and
found out that you are a honest and hard working person and by this regards we decided to persuade the Benin Government to compensate you for the evil deeds
that was carried out with your name.The German man knows that you are the person because he was duped with your identity and this fraudulent activities
was carried out by the same people who you have been forwarding your information's/details to all this while with the pretense of dealing with the
right offices in Africa and other countries of the world You will have to get the CLEARANCE from the office of the High Court of Justice in Benin at the sum of $120Usd.( Dollars Only) This certificate will enable you

to get access to the compensation funds of $5.5Million Usd which was offered to you by the Benin Government and don't forget that you need to get the document
within 2 days from now as you already know the deadline given to you to secure the documents.If not for the fact that we checked your data before acting
towards this directives given to us, you would have been arrested by now and jailed because of your association with criminals in the internet and don't
forget our warnings to you.You will have to forward your bank account details to us where you want the $5.5Million Usd to be transferred into as soon as you
secure the CLEARANCE FORM. The German business man who was duped with your identity has reported this case to the world court and it will involve the Government of both countries which
are Germany and USA and that is the reason why you must get this document immediately so as to avoid anybody calling your name as being among the fraudsters. With the Certificate, you are free from any form of crimes as your
data shows that you are a honest and respectable person in the society. You will have to send the fees to the High Court of Justice over there in Benin
within 2days from now so that our local agent can be able to apply our modalities with the High Court of Justice to issue the CLEARANCE FORM to you.
Send the fees of $120Usd Usd through Western Union Money Transfer with the name of the account officer in High Court of Justice.

Receivers Name:Henry Ezeh
Country: Benin Republic
City: Cotonou
Amount: $120Usd.

As soon as you send the fees, you will have to get back to us with the following details which are Senders Name and Address, MTCN Number, Text Question and Answer Used and the amount Sent.

As soon as all this requirements are in place, the Certificate will be issued to you and then the compensation funds of $5.5Million Usd will be transferred into your bank account.

To avoid the riot of the law on you and your entire family, we have been pleased to allow you secure the document from the High Court of Justice so that
your name could be cleared off the fraudulent list and we also argued with the Benin Republic Government about your compensations and that was the reason why
you were compensated with the sum of $5.5,000,000 Usd.

Thanks as I wait for your response
FBI Director
james comey

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