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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. SAMUEL EMEKA " <"www.">
Reply-To: "" <>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 05:00:10 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention: Please,Congratulations in advance.

Positions: Manager/Head of Dept
Region: Cotonou Republic
Service Time: 24HOURS
Email: .
Type: Financial Mgt
Phone Number +229 98 43 89 56

Attention: Please

Good day to you and your family. I am Mr. Richard Solomon, the fiduciary agent assigned to assist you in the transfer process of your US$2.700, 000.00 through Money Gram. Be inform that I am in receipt of your completed verification form, having done all the proper verification exercise and confirmed that your details which was sent to this office is corresponds with the record on my file.

However, we have made your first payment of US$5,000.00 today according to the instruction of Mr. Richard Solomon, the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Benin, which indicates that we shall be sending you daily payment of US$5,000.00 until the total sum of US$2.700, 000.00 is completely transferred to you. The first installment payment of US$5,000.00 was made today and you will be able to claim the money from any Money Gram office around you as soon as you are able to fulfill the necessary obligations due for your transfer.

Note that the first payment of $5,000.00 which we sent today was placed on hold following the intervention of the International Monitoring Fund (IMF) in regards to G20 Nations Patriot Act, which was adopted in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that required you to secure, meanwhile you are to obtain an AUTHORIZATION RELEASE PERMIT from our head office in order to be able to pick up your first payment through any money gram office around you. And this was intended to strengthen G20 Nations measures to prevent, detect, and prosecute international money laundering and financing of terrorism.

In regards to this development, you are requested to pay the sum of $40.00 for procurement of the AUTHORIZATION RELEASE PERMIT from the United States Embassy here in Republic of Benin according to the demand of International Monitoring Fund. We declared that once you send the required levy of $200, the first payment of US$5,000.00 which was already made to your name today will be released and we will send you the payment details which you need to claim your first payment of US$5,000.00 from any Money Gram outlet around you.

Kindly send the required levy of $40 urgent so that we will send you, your own personal AUTHORIZATION RELEASE PERMIT on which you will used to pick up your first payment of US$5,000.00 today, and get set for uninterrupted receiving of US$5,000.00 daily until the total amount of US$2.700,000.00 is completely transferred to you. Send the required $40 .00 through Money Grams with the receiver’s information stated below and get back to us with the payment details.

OFFICE ADDRESS........Avenue Jean Xavier III - 09 BP 6079 - Cotonou- REPUBLIQUE DU BENIN

Finally, we will be sending you US$5,000.00 daily until the total amount of your money which is US$2.700,000.00 is completely transfer to you as instructed by Mr. Richard Solomon of the Ministry of Finance -Republic of Benin. We will be looking forward to receive the required $40.00 of for procurement of the needed Clearance. Money Gram money transfer is always at your service.

Congratulations in advance.

Phone Number +229 98 43 89 56
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