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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: "His Excellency" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:40:39 -0000

His Excellency,
Dr. Patrice Talon
President of Benin Republic.


Good day dear beneficiary. This is the president of Benin republic by name Dr. Patrice Talon. I am writing this email to inform you that after the meeting held in my office this month been November 11/8/2017 which consist between the United States Embassy and the United Nations,African ECOWAS we have concluded that you will be compensated with all the money you have lose in the hands of Africans and most especially NIGERIA precisely.

After receiving many complaints that many was scammed through WESTERN UNION,BANK TRANSFER AND DELIVERY COURIER COMPANIES (ATM cards and consignment packages) including CHAMBERS as well,so I'm pleading with all scammed citizens that anyone that has been scammed due to one reason or the other and for anything would be compensated back and no matter your country or continent, AFRICA, ASIA PACIFIC, ENGLAND, EUROPE, ETC. all scammed person(s) would be compensated and would be sent their compensation funds.

Furthermore, every client and beneficiaries would be send their compensation fund sum of $4.9Million USD each. And this fund would be sent to you through BANK DRAFT CHECK it would be sent to you in form of an executive enveloped sealed letter and there will be nothing like any delivery agent or courier company involved in this, perhaps,this letter would be sent to you through POST OFFICE and would be sent directly to your home address and P.O BOX.
Therefore, all beneficiaries is expected to send the below details for fast procedure and immediate co-operation;

Full Name::::
Home Address:::
P.O. Box Address:
Postal Address:::
Telephone Number:
Age ::::::
His Excellency,
Dr. Patrice Talon
Contact Telephone Number:+229 62813787
Contact Email:

Finally, all the scammed beneficiaries would be sent this compensation fund of $4.9million and the only money that would be involved in this would be the posting fee of $260 each and this would be the only money that would be paid by the beneficiary of the funds and that is all. Moreover,there will be no C.O.D in this stated method of payment and every beneficiary has from now till the 30th of DEC 2017 to comply and correspond with this office respectively.
Be informed to use this below information to make the payment of $260:

Receiver's Name::::Nathan Ayo NWAFOR
Country:::::::::Benin Republic
Text Question::WHEN
Text Answer:::NOW

Your urgent and fast response is highly needed and would be highly appreciated, so as to enable this issue to be settled once and for all.

His Excellency,
Dr. Patrice Talon
President of Benin Republic.
Contact Email:

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