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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: "Kelly Johnson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 22 May 2017 13:44:26 +0100
Subject: from Ministry Of Finance

Attention: Dear,

I am Mrs. Johnson Kelly, from Ministry Of Finance Cotonou (Head office). This is to bring to you notice that after the conference meeting we had, The Government of this country realized that you are among those that involved in scam victim we have in our list to Compensate by the government of this country as instructions from United Nation (UN)The Governor of this state Cotonou Benin Republic has instructed this office to forward your file to WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER PAYMENT HEADQUARTER to pay you the sum of US$3.5000.00 through WESTERN UNION. His Excellence the GOVERNOR has instructed the WESTERN payment department , to send the sum of US $3.5000.00 through his custody for easy receiver of your funds. You are to contact them now to ensure that your fund will be transferring to you once you send them the needed information to avoid wrong transaction.

According to the demands of WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER you are to receive your fund at the installment rate of $5,000.00 daily until the US$3.5000.00 is completely transferred to you accordingly. You are to contact them now with the bellow information to avoid wrong transaction. Reconfirm your address

(1)Your Full name
(2)Your Phone number
(3)Your Contact address:
(4)Your Age:
(5)Your Country

Listen very carefully, tell Mr.Kulvet Hope that you are advised to contact him by Mrs.Johnson Kelly . from Ministry Of Finance here in Cotonou Benin ;Bellow is their Contact Information. Contact with this information below: CONTACT PERSON: Mr. Kulvet Hope EMAIL:address:( or Phone Number: :+229 988 54 775 Address: 455 AGBOKOU,ANKPA ROAD,LAGOTES PALAR.COTONOU BENIN REPUBLIC

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