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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.Patrice Talon" <president>
Reply-To: "MR.Patrice Talon" <>
Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2018 07:06:32 +0900 (JST)
Subject: attention to you detail

Greeting from his excellency Mr president Patrice talon signed is me Mr Patrice Talon the President Of Benin Republic,does it means that you are no more interested of making the claim of your outstanding fund of $15Million united state dollars of yours?,which have successful channel to be transfer and reflect into your bank account, and up till this moment you have decided to remain silent after I have personally took an Oath, to secure this fund of yours,With all due respect,if you really know that you are no more interested of making this claim of your outstanding fund of$15million united state dollars of yours,kindly update me now to cancel this Transfer since your negative thought does not allow you to believe on the reality so send me a declaration letter stated that you are no more interested of making the claim of your fund so I will cancel the Transfer.and What makes you think that this fund will not be secure ?,

And have Access of the fund as Beneficiary, you should have understand that I have made everything possible for you to have access of this fund as the beneficiary so kindly go now and send this Fee of $4500 dollar only for your fund clearance certificate to be obtain, before you can have you fund of$15million united state dollars transfer into your bank account from united bank of America new York, and the reason why the fee is required is for your funds clearance certificate from the origin of the fund Benin republic to be obtain to avoid any harassment from the authority.with all due respect I will advice you as a leader, kindly go and send the clearance fee of AMOUNT:US$4500 dollar for the obtaining of your fund clearance certificate from the I.M.F. authority in Benin republic immediately today.And please do not delay to send this clearance fee Today because this is your last chance and final conclusion.Kindly go and send the Fee and update me immediately with the payment information.

As soon as the fee is received, we shall immediately dispatch your ATM VISA CARD to you and it will take only 2 days to arrive to your address to enable you start withdrawing funds the same day from any ATM machine nearest to you.Thanks for your good understanding and we are waiting for your quick reply with the payment information.once you have send the fee today the federal minister finance Mr:David Eze will deposit your fund to united bank of America new York immediately below is the information you will reconfirm to united bank of America new York for your immediate effect of your transferring to your bank account once the certificate is obtain today from the I.M.F office in Benin your personal information below and get back to me with the payment information for the obtaining of your fund clearance certificate to from the I.M.F. OFFICE.
(1)Full Name:.................
(2)Your Account BANK No ..........
(3)Swift Code ................
(4)Telephone Number :..........
(5)Delivery Address :.........
(7)Sex :.......................
(8)Age :.......................
(9)State/ Country:.............
10 )A Cope of Your Passport ID :..
Thanks for your Understanding Benin Republic's president
MR.Patrice Talon,(SFF, GCRF)

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