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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:

Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 00:08:35 +0900 (JST)
Subject: UBA Benin Corporate Headquarters:

UBA Benin Corporate Headquarters:

Carrefour des trois Banques Avenue Pape Jean Paul II, Cotonou, Benin

Postal Address:
01 BP 2020 Cotonou Benin

+229 66 67 36 95

+229 98 77 13 17

Attention: Dear Friend,

Greetings, am very sorry for taken too much of your time at this moment but please try to understand and bear with me as you go through this urgent message, my name is Mr. MIKE ONYEKA i have tried reaching you on mail all this while, but you fail to respond back to me, please be aware that your matter came to my desk which were dated since on the 19-09-2017, with the total funds of $250,000 United State Dollars, frankly speaking you are very lucky because you are going to receive your first (8) Ref-control numbers of $12,000 USD after responding to our mail, all this while your transfer has been stop because it was under investigation of money laundry by the Ministry of Information and National Orientation and that was the reason your name were among those who were blacklisted, but now we have settle your problem and removed your name from the blacklist, so your funds is free for transfer over to you now.

This is your (8) Ref-control numbers of $12,000 USD:

5645-3?63 - $1,500USD

6426-475? - $1,500USD

9635-?438 - $1,500USD

3466-49?5 - $1,500USD

7416-37?5 - $1,500USD

6406-24?5 - $1,500USD

6004-14?5 - $1,500USD

8426-94?5 - $1,500USD

Please do forgive me for taking much of your time for going through this mail which you will conclude by saying that it is just a common thing to you every-day if am not mistaken, we knew that at least you have encounters numbers of similar mails like this before, but please do not mistake that everybody who reach you are all scammer's or either a fraudster as well.

Yes, I agree with you that you have every right to decide not to make any up-front payment if even we do ask for fees/charges from you because of your past scam experiences you had in the past through all this time, but I want to assure you that we are doing our very best to make sure that we get those people arrested that are spoiling the image of our company or who claim to be our staffs by using different name's to scam foreigners like you, we assure you that they will surely get arrested as soon as we have full information's of their were-about.

The only thing you have to do now to receive your funds is as easy and simple if only you urge to follow my advise, as a respectable and honest man and pastor indeed, we normally gives 100% risk-free to all our customers with a limited payment,due to the xmas that is coming up very soon, I have the right to penetrate any office's whenever our customer's find difficulties.

Please take note of this and see the differences because you will surely testify to your friends, families, partners who had been mocking you all this while, the only thing we need from you is to obtain the (A.R.O)Authorization Release Order Certificate, which will reflect in any Money-Gram Office in your country, stating that you are not a victim or you are not a party of money laundry, the (A.R.O) Authorization Release Order Certificate will only cost you the sum of $117 USD (only) remember that this is the only charges for you to pay before your (8) Ref-control
numbers of $12,000 USD will be release to you today.

You are to send the requested fees.

Country: Benin Republic
City: Cotonou
Question: Good
Answer: Work
Amount: $117 Usd Only

Please try and make the $117usd transfer as soon as possible and send the complete payment details across to me, I hope to hear from you soonest so that we can proceed with your transfer immediately.

Yours Sincerely,
Managing Director Of (Foreign Department)
Money-Gram Head Office
UBA Benin Corporate Headquarters:

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