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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.John Solomon" <>
Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2018 05:33:08 -0800
Subject: $200.000.00Usd Compensation From Benin Republic.


Dear Customer.
Endeavor to email him the following information for immediate processing,
Contact Person: Mr.John Solomon

Breaking News January 2018 / 29/ 1/ ,This is to inform you that the higher
authorities that is incharge of international transaction has this morning
declared that you will receive your ($980.000.00USD) through Western Union
Money Tranfer Only as compensation for your past effort here in Benin

So the arrangement has been made this morning and the Federal High Court Of
Justice has signed your Western Union Transfer Papers and the only money
you will pay is $45. for the signing of it which means your transfer will
start this morning.

The daily transfer of your fund is $4,500.00 per day until your total
($980.000.00USD) is completely transfered to you.

I am here to swear to you that your first payment of the $4,500.00 daily
transfer will be on its way today or lastest tomorrow morning once we
confirm the $45 from you which is for the Federal High Court Of Justice
Benin Republic signing of your Western Union Transfer Papers.To show you
the truth.

Below is the First transfer payment details which has been insert into our

Then we want you to pest this Link http: and click

Sender Name.............. Todd Marcos
MTCN:.............. 6614440893
Question:............. Honest
Amount:..............$4,500.00 Dollars

tracking and pest sender's first name and last name,the you pest mtcn
number and click check status to see that your first transfer of $4,500.00
is available for you but you will not pick it until you pay the needed
$45.00 for the signing of your Western Union Transfer Papers by the Federal
High Court Benin Republic.

So we are here giving you this Western Union Payment Information for you to
send the $45 immediately and your first transfer of the $4,500.00 will be
on its way after we pick the $45.


Receiver Name:....... Mike Anozie
City/Country:........Cotonou - Benin Republic.
Question:............. Honest
Amount:..............$45 Dollars
Sender Name..............

We wait for your mail with the $45 from you and be rest assured that you
will receive your total compensation of ($980.000.00USD) from us because
this is General Western Union Head Office here in Benin Republic.

Finally you are advise to stop emailing any office or department here in
Benin Republic until you receive your full compensation from us,this is for
your security.

Call us with this line......+229-62-423-839
From Western Union Money
Transfer Head Office Benin Republic
Manager Mr.John Solomon.

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