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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: "Mr.Harry William" <>
Reply-To: Mr Micheal Orwell <>
Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:27:58 +0700 (WIB)
Subject: Good Day Beneficiary

Bank Name: United Bank for Africa Benin Republic
Avenue Jean Paul I BP 325- Cotonou

Good Day Beneficiary

I wish to use this medium to inform you that your full Payment of $20.5Million United State Dollars) from Federal Reserve Bank Benin has

been RELEASED and APPROVED for onward Transfer to you Via VISA CARD which you will use to withdraw all the USD 20.5Million Dollars in any

ATM SERVICE MACHINE in any part of the world, but the maximum you can withdraw in a day is USD$ 6000 Only.

We have mandated the United Bank for Africa Benin Republic to send you the VISA CARD and PIN NUMBER which you will use to withdraw all

your USD$20.5 Million United State Dollars in any ATM SERVICE MACHINE in any part of the world, but as I have mentioned earlier, the

maximum you can withdraw in a day is USD$6000.00

You are therefore advice to contact the bank with the below information to enable them speed on the transfer.

1) Your Full Name...............
2) Your Delivery Address........
3) Your Age.....................
4) Your Sex.....................
5) Your Occupation..............
6) Your Phone and Fax Number....

Contact the bank through their contact information listed below:

Contact Person:
Mr Micheal Orwell

Finally, you are hereby advised to stop dealing with some non-officials in the bank as that is an illegal act and you have to stop if you

so wish to receive your payment immediately.

Thanks for adhering to this instruction and once again accept our congratulations.
Best Regards.
Mr.Harry William
Federal Republic of Benin.

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