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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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Fraud email example:

From: LUCY TAMLYN <"www.">
Reply-To: LUCY TAMLYN <>
Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2017 07:13:13 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attn Dear This is US Ambassador To Benin Repubulic

Attention Dear;

My name is Lucy Tamlyn, the new United States Ambassador to Benin Republic.
The United States Senate had confirmed my nomination on April 15 after being nominated for this position by U.S. President on April 15 2015.
My credentials as the new Ambassador appointed were presented to His
Excellency President Patrice Talon the Presidential Villa in Cotonou, Benin,
on April 15 2015.
I am a career member of the senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor whose diplomatic career has been spent mostly in
Africa or working on African issues.

I served most recently as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in
D'Djamena, Chad.Also became provincial Reconstruction Team Leader in Erbril,Iraq
from 2008 to 2009.
I served as U.S. Ambassador to political Officer in Brazil
and Represented the U.S. to United Nations Agences for food and Agriculture in Rome.
i also served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Other overseas postings include
Lisbon, portugal, Brazil,Sudan,South Sudan,Austria, Colombia and Mozambique.
as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S Embassey.Just prior to my nomination as ambassador also Director of the office U.S. special Envoy for sudan and south sudan.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in European history and French language and
literature in University of Oregon in Eugene, and I also attend the
University de Haute Bretagne in Rennet, France, from 1979-1980 as a Rotary Foundation
Graduate Fellow, and also attend the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. My
identity can be verified by simply clicking on the URL link below:


However, following the resolution of the meeting held with His Excellency
President Patrice Talon at the Presidential Villa in Cotonou yesterday
with some members of the Federal House of Senate, an agreement was reached
that the sum of $950,000.00 USD must be paid out to you in the form of a
compensation for all the years you have wasted in waiting for your funds to
be released.
Hence, the $950,000.00 USD compensation fund has been instructed to
be paid out to you in the form of a CERTIFIED INTERNATIONAL BANK DRAFT drawn
on Standard Chartered Bank.

The said BANK DRAFT will be packaged inside a U.S Embassy Official Envelope
to be sent to you via DHL Courier Company at no cost to your mailing address. And the time frame for delivery is 72 hours, which is 3 days since it would be sent
via a DHL Courier Company.

Meanwhile, a "Custom Clearance Certificate" must be obtained from the benin
Customs Authority at a fee of $125 USD for a full clearance certification
on the BANK DRAFT.

Hence, the $125 dollar fee must be paid within 24 hours upon your receipt
of this notification via western union or Money Gram, so that all necessary arrangement can be made ahead of time. The fee should be sent directly to me
the "Embassy Protocol Officer" with the below information:

Recipient's Name: John Nwa
Destination: Benin Republic
current City:Cotonou
Test question: Present Year
Test answer: 2017
Amount: $125 Dollars

Please take note that the "Custom Clearance Certificate" and the BANK DRAFT
will be packaged together inside the U.S Embassy Official DHL Courier Company
immediate dispatch to your mailing address. Hence, you are advised to comply
as requested to enable me discharge my official duty accordingly.


Respectfully Yours,

Lucy Tamlyn
US Ambassador to Benin Republic.

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