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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mrs.Uzuma Ani" <"www.">
Reply-To: "Mrs.Uzuma Ani" <>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2017 18:57:24 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention Beneficary,

Central Bank Du Benin Republic
E-payment Unit
Email: (
Tel/Fax: +29961524262

Attention Beneficary,

Following to several complains from many beneficiaries who has experience long delay to their funds transfer as they have already spent lots of money towards securing one document or the other. Hence we advice you stop making any more payment to any person(s) or office(s) in respect to your outstanding funds.

The central bank du Benin has resolved to effect direct transfer of your funds to your designated accounts through e-payment system and this allows you to have access to your fund account online and make transfer to any of your account without hitches.

All you are required to do is to send only the shipment fee of $95 only for the delivery of your ATM cards to your doorstep and your ATM cards worth $1.2M shall be brought you to start making withdrawal of your funds from any ATM machine around you and start making transfer of your funds in installments to any bank account of your choice.

Please reconfirm your full name, address, Telephone number and country of Origin and you shall be directed on how to send the delivery fee $95 only.

Your prompt response is needed.
Departmental Head
Mrs.Uzuma Ani

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