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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: "MD/MR.RAY PATT" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:38:50 +0100
Subject: Dear Beneficiary

C/669 Cadjehun BP 369,
Cotonou Benin Republic.
Phone Number +22965667373:
ATTENTION Dear Beneficiary:
The United Bank for Africa is contacting you and providing you with this opportunity to finalize the transfer of your outstanding fund payment value $10.5 Million USD. Your silence is some kind of shocking to this bank, you should be aware that we have completed the verification of your details for the claiming of your fund worth $10.5 Million USD as the regulation requires. if we must proceed with your transaction then you must keep frequent reply; this is an International Fund transfer and there are certain rules to be followed before the fund will get to you without having problem. After our meeting today, it has been decided that you either claim the fund or as the fund  owner, you go ahead and order the termination of the fund transfer.
In claiming this fund worth $10.5 millions US Dollars but not with the character you have shown which simply indicates you are willing to let it go, You should be informed that this morning after our meeting where we submitted your files for the fund claim and its approval, the Board now wants' you to send to us your scanned signature which will enable us to terminate the transaction if you are not ready to meet up with the requirement fee for the signing and stamp duty fee which is $109.
I've emailed you severally and you did not respond, maybe you are ready to lose it, I want you to know today that this is the chance you have to receive your approved fund from Cotonou Benin Republic, I did mentioned to you that you were just lucky that the fund is still floating in your name and now you have a great chance as the new President General Talon has said "NO" to corruption. And as such I want you to try trust yourself and my word, decide today and get back to us immediately.
This authorize U.B.A bank will get back to you with our U-direct banking service website for the transfer of your fund. You shall visit our website and proceed to transfer your fund from an existing online account. We await your urgent response. Detail of sending the signing and stamp duty fee of $390.00 is below and please send it as directed without mistake. Send through western union or Money-Gram.
Receiver's name: HOPE AKE
City: Cotonou
Country: Cotonou Benin Republic
Question: A
Answer: B
Amount: $109
Money Transfer Control Number (Mtcn):
Sender's name:
Sender's address:
Thank you for your understanding while I am waiting for the payment details.
Yours sincerely
Phone Number +22965667373:

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