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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 John White <"www.">
Reply-To: Mr John White <>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 03:31:34 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention: Dear Value Customer!!

Address: San Francisco, CA 94111
Office Hours: Mon: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
OFFICE TEL:+1(510)9248450 for Call and Text SMS.
External Review Committee on Debt Statistics
And fund audit Balance Debt
OUR REFCODE : BSEL /853/AWN/021/05

Attention: Dear Value Customer,

The management of this bank want to notify you that sum of (6.5million United States Dollars has been transfer in our bank by Federal Government Bank

inorder to transfer the fund into your bank account, The money was transfer through OCEANIC BANK, according to the bank manager in Benin who let us to know

that you have paid much to received your fund in Benin which fails as some of those company Money Gram over there is demanding money from you which is not

I want you to clearly understand that we are here to serve you according to the instruction from Federal Government Bank, but unfortunately we cannot make

the transfer available to you because we did not have your bank account with us so we decided to send you a message for you to be aware that your money is

here and you have to send your bank account immediately to us to transfer it to you,

Also be informed that the OCEANIC BANK in Benin (OB) will obtain the non-residential clearance form and sign on your payment advice and a copy of the advice

will be sent to the World Bank in Swiss for some record purposes.

In line with our Bank Of America in banking matters of 1986 section A 114, Sub section RT745 as amended in 1996, In such transfer you are advised to send

$120 only to Mr. Douglas Ben Secretary to General Authority of Anti-Terrorist Enforcement Unit Benin Republic to obtain Non-Residential clearance Certificate

before the said fund will hit your bank account.

And you will send it to Benin republic as the origination of the said fund to avoid been seized, your already transfer fund by US Government and must bear

the signatory of Barrister Luwis Aguah Attorney general Oceanic Bank Benin Republic

Therefore.your advise to follow the instruction immediately and go to western union and send the requested fee immediately because the president of bank of

America instructed us to let you know that we should transfer the $6.5million directly to your account within the next 1hour we receive the Certificate from

Benin Republic.
Furthermore, as soon as we read from you with the completed form below and your full information, we will send to you the relevant document that authenticate

your fund which also proves you the rightful beneficiary of the fund and commence with the transfer immediately.

Your Full Bank Account Name:. . . . . . . . .

Your Contact Address:. . . . . . . .

Your Phone Number:. . . . . . . . . . . .

Your Age:. . . . . . . . . . . . .

Your Occupation::. . ..........

BANKING DETAILS .............

Bank Address:. . . . . . . . . . . . .

Bank Account Number:. . . . . . . . .

MALE/ FEMALE...................

Bank Phone Number:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

You are advised to send the required $120 to enable us to serve you better, note that $120 is the only cost you will have to pay to obtain the non-

residential clearance form, I am very sure of what I said, and it is a promise.

Now we are waiting for you to make the payment through western union money transfer with the name of Jennifer Lord.

Receiver's name.....Jennifer Lord.

Address.......110 Thornapple Way,Simpsonville, SC .

Zip code......29681

Please, sender's name and MTCN number is highly recommended.

This instruction and the law abides to last but 2 days only before the final confiscation of your fund.Note that your fund will hit to your bank account

immediately we receive the Certificate from Benin Republic.


Thanks for your kind understanding

Mr John White
OFFICE TEL: (510)9248450 for Call or txt or Email Me.

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