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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: "Ministry For Foreign Transaction." <"www.">
Reply-To: "Hon. Cobert Tubercia Mike." <>
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:56:12 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Ministry For Foreign Transaction

From Desk Hon. Cobert Tubercia Mike Record Manager Ministry for Foreign
Transaction Address:- Zone 6 Wuse District Upper House Cotonou Office:
Email Address:

With Due Respect

We are confirming the address of the Unclaimed beneficiaries fund lists investigation Group in your email we also acknowledge the receipt of your email from Detective Jack A. Murphy with urgency and your File has been submitted and after some hours of verification, we have received a notice to come forward for the claiming of your $3,500,000.00 (Three Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only)in your name as it has been confirmed that the fund is legally placed in your name as an International Lottery won and Compensation to you for you to recover all the funds you lost in the past by imposers.

So I am writing to inform you that your fund transfer arrangement has been made which must be finalized without further delay as to enable us to meet up with scheduled date of this transaction,in that case we consulted the paying Bank lawyer to make inquiry to the Economic Community Of West African States Office in South Africa for the approval and Authorization of transfer but after their verification and findings the situation now developed that you are to come down here in Republic du Benin to sign and witness all the transfer process of your compensation fund to avoid stories upon our accurate scheduled of this transaction

However I don't know if you could afford to come down here in Republic du Benin as demanded by the (ECOWAS) and this transfer has to be sign and approve in their office that is the new development of any international transaction in all parts of West Africa,but favorable option is Alternatively left for you which is that an attorney can be hired as your representative to run all your fund related documents process on your behalf and all i know is that its very good that we have a fast service to your compensation fund for immediate transfer by the Paying Bank as you earlier knew that the (EFCC/IMF) monitors this transaction before your fund got deposited into the Paying Bank as CODED fund to avoid wrong claims from wrong dimension.

Therefore you are required to let us know your best preferred option regards to above options by the (ECOWAS) for full legal affidavit claim of your compensation,Note that your working telephone number is needed for some helpful advice for security reason Your prompt response is highly needed as soon as you receive this message to enable us proceed with our able arrangement in this transaction also I will advice that you forward us the Information of those Imposers that have been dealing with you so that we can Investigate and know the proper way to handle them before things get out of hands, please stop their communication for now to avoid diverting of your real compensation fund to their own treasure

Sincerely Yours
Hon.Cobert T. Mike
Call: /+229 9414-6595
E-mail Address:/
Record Manager.

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