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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 William" <"www.">
Reply-To: "MR. John William" <>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 10:06:44 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Call or text him now 407 7772445

From the Former United States Ambassador to Republic of Benin:

This is MR. John William. the Former United States Ambassador to Republic
of Benin, I came down here in Cotonou Benin Republic for an ECOWAS meeting
and I was searching for some files that I left in this office before I left
and found out that you have not received your fund, and I asked the present
ambassador Mr James Knight what happened that you have not receive your
fund since last year, and he said that you refused to pay the required fee
for the delivery of your ATM CARD.

I'm contacting you this morning because the director of the ATM CARD center
here in Benin Republic said that they will divert your ATM CARD to the
Government Treasury just because that you cannot pay for the service fee of
your ATM CARD which is $105.00 only according to them.But I told them to
wait until I hear from you today so that I will know the reason why you
rejected such amount of money $26.5MILLON USD which will change your life
just because of $105.00.

I want your urgent response as soon as you receive this email and explain
to me the reason why you have abandon your ATM CARD because of $105.00 But
if you don't need it then I can change your name to another person so that
this Government will not claim this money but I know that you will love to
have it.Please my dear I want to help you to receive this fund because it
was a big shock to me that you have not receive your ATM CARD and withdraw
your money since last year ago now and I'm very sorry for that and you will
receive your fund before the end of this meeting which will take us 2 days
and I will be here to monitor it until you receive your fund.

This is the information you will use to send the fee via western union Or
money gram transfer today.

Receiver Name==== MARK UCHE
Country =======Benin Republic
City ============= Cotonou
Code ============= 229
Text Question ===== When
Answer ============ Now
Amount ======== $105.00
Sender Name ====
Mtcn ====

I will wait to hear from you today with the mtcn number and also reconfirm
your information SUCH AS .

Full Name=============
Mobile Phone Number========
Nearest Airport ===========
Current Home Address========

Contact DIPLOMAT JUSTIN MORGAN via this email- ((

Your Sincerely
MR. John William

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