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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: "Hon:Mr.Mussa Cheman Taju" <>
Date: Sun, 09 Jun 2019 01:02:20 -0700

Attention Dear;

How are you? I hope you are all right today.

Have you received your money? And I know that by now you have not received your money even one cent.Actually,I don’t know how to tell you about this problem you are facing in receiving your money for a very long period.

In this matter, I know quite all right that it will hurt you because of the trust you have with them and money lost.Now,it is one of these people that you sent all your money here went at your back and planned to divert your money to another account.

Meanwhile,The possibility of receive your $16.4Million Usd Dollars again will determine as soon as I hear from you, And let me give you directives on what to do in hitch-receive of your payment successful,

The information’s of the beneficiary is highly needed for confirmatory purposes and the BANK has to verify if the information details is correct before the $16.4Million Usd Dollars will be transfer into your account,The information re-confirm are AS FOLLOW:

ALL SO you should contact the Chief Consultant officer with this E-MAIL ADDRESS: (

Beneficiaries Name: ___________

Age/Sex: _____________________

Telephone number: ____________

Fax Number: __________________

A copy of your International Passport or driver license: __________

Home Address: ________________

Occupation: ___________________

Banking information: ___________

Bank account number: _________

Bank address: _________________

Bank Tel: _____________________

Best Regards
Hon:Mr.Mussa Cheman Taju
Funds Recovery Unit Office.& Debt Reconciliation committee Benin Republic.
Chief Executive Consultant officer and Group Managing Director.

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