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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: "Mr Legend Chamber" <>
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2017 16:31:46 +0200 (SAST)
Subject: International Monetary Fund (IMF)

International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States
CALL +229 96267658
Attention Dear, Greetings From International Monetary Fund (IMF) and
United States Integration, am hereby to inform you that an alert come to
us today from United Nation Official through the help of Federal Bureau
of Investigation {FBI} here in United States. And according to the
reporter, World bank organization together with United State Embassy
Benin Republic, have approved to compensate 10 lucky beneficiaries as a
scam victim, and your email address was found among the 10 lucky
beneficiaries,meanwhile the fund will be release this week as soon as
the beneficiary meetup/comply with the instruction/requirements such as
your personal information and your receiving method because we have Two
option listed down here.

Secondly the law stated that every beneficiaries will take care of the
expense base on your favorable means of receiving as listed here and its
the law guilding the offer. Finally this compensate have a terminal date
therefore any beneficiary who refuse or delayed to comply earlier, will
definitely miss his/her fund and its just one weeks guarantee as
directed thanks l will stop here till l hear from you

Here are the two means of receiving the fund

(1) Bank To Bank Wire Transfer guarantee of one day It will cost You
Just $150
(2) By ATM CARD means of courier delivery it will cost You Just $89

We are waiting for you by the answer on how you want receive your
money,if you can hurry up to make the payment today before tomorrow by
afternoon you must confirm your total fund completely.
All the beneficiary is expected to send the fee to United State Embassy
Benin Republic Through Western Union/Money Gram for Fund Release Permit
below is the United State Embassy Benin Republic Receiver.

Receiver Name: EMMA MMABIA
Country: Benin Republic
City: Cotonou
Test Question: when
Answer: Now
Sender Name:

We are expecting your urgent respond together with your favorable option
to enable us proceed immediately towards the transfer/delivery and
guarantee the accomplishment in your favor thanks reply

Yours In Service

CALL +229 96267658

Mr Legend Chamber

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