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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.Johnie trainer" <"www.">
Reply-To: "Mr.Johnie trainer" <>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 05:22:26 +0900 (JST)

From U.S.A. Internal Revenue Service Department.
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Washington , DC 20520

Greeting from USA I.R.S,


We write to inform you that your package with reference number 2661428 has been in Customs facility custody waiting for resolutions of the clearance to further the delivery to your delivery address by the delivery Agent who came all the way from Africa.We have been waiting for you to contact us regarding your CONSIGNMENT BOX content sum of $10.500.000.00 USD which the agent suppose to deliver to you which was on hold by USA Customs Department and they are requesting for clearance certificate which will be obtain from the origination of the CONSIGNMENT BOX before it will be released from the Customs to the delivery agent to complete the delivery.

After the phone call we made on your behalf to the USA Customs Authority and the Government of Benin Republic. It was resolved that the delivery of your card to your address must be complete within two (2) working days upon your compliance to our directives; You should send the sum of $250 USD to obtain the needed International Delivery Permit Certificate from Benin Republic.

The clearance charges which was initially on the high price has been cut down by the US Embassy in Benin Republic considering the poor economic situations that made it difficult for the middle class citizens to meet up with the clearance of their entitlement.We will upon the confirmation of your clearing charge assign our Diplomat Agent (MR SEAY WILLIAM) to travel to USA and collect your package and proceed with the delivery.

Once you notify us with the payment information and the needed Ownership-clearance certificate from Benin Republic, the USA Customs will release your CONSIGNMENT BOX to you and it will be delivered to you by the agent,

Note that you are expected to pay only $250 usd for Ownership-clearance certificate and you are to pay it to Benin Republic as the origination of the package in favor of Azis Donald as our accountant officer in Benin Republic Send the $250 usd through WESTERN UNION or MONEY GRAM once you receive this mail with the information below for immediate release of your package,

Receivers Name:==== fred odu
Country/:=======BENIN REPUBLIC
Test Question:=======YES?
Answer: ===========YES
SENDER NAME::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

Once you send the money to Benin Republic to this name , please try to notify us with the MTCN so that we can contact Azis Donald for easy pick up and for immediate action on the release of your International Delivery Permit Certificate.

Note that any unclaimed CONSIGNMENT BOX will be return to Benin Republic Government after 2 days. So you are urgently advised to comply with our directives so that the Customs will release your consigment box.

Thank You.

Yours Sincerely.
Mr.Johnie trainer

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