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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. Rick Ben" <>
Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2018 13:35:57 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Federal Bureau of Investigation F B I

Anti-Terrorist and Monetary Crimes Division
FBI Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
J.Edgar Hoover Building 935 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW Washington, D.C

Attn: Fund Beneficiary!!!

This e-mail has been issued to you in order to officially inform you that we
have completed an investigation on an International Payment in which was issued
to you by an International Lottery Company. With the help of our newly
developed technology (International Monitoring Network System), we discovered
that your e- mail address was automatically selected by an Online Balloting
System, this has legally won you the sum of $2.4million USD from a Lottery
Company outside the United States of America. During our investigation, we
discovered that your e- mail won the money from an Online Balloting System and
we have authorized this winning to be paid to you via INTERNATIONAL CERTIFIED

Normally, it will take up to five business days for an INTERNATIONAL CERTIFIED
BANK DRAFT by your local bank.
We have successfully notified this company on your behalf that funds are to be
drawn from a registered bank within the world winded, to enable you cash the
check instantly without any delay, henceforth the stated amount of $2.4million
USD has been deposited with IMF.

We have completed this investigation and you are hereby approved to receive the
winning prize as we have verified the entire transaction to be Safe and 100%
risk free, due to the fact that the funds have been deposited with IMF you will
be required to settle the following bills directly to the Lottery Agent in-
charge of this transaction whom is located in Abomey-Calavi, Benin Republic.
According to our discoveries, you were required to pay for the following,

(2) Shipping Fee's ( This is the charge for shipping the Cashier's Check to
your home address) The total amount for everything is $96.00 We have tried our
possible best to indicate that this $96.00 should be deducted from your winning
prize but we found out that the funds have already been deposited to IMF and
cannot be accessed by anyone apart from you the winner, therefore you will be
required to pay the required fee's to the Agent in-charge of this transaction
In order to proceed with this transaction, you will be required to contact the
agent in-charge ( Mr.Rick Ben) via e-mail.

Kindly look below to find appropriate contact information:

PHONE NUMBER: +229-6248-3309

You will be required to e-mail him with the following information:
1. Your full Name========
2. your Address========
3. Nationality========
4. Age================
5. Occupation========
6. Phone Number========
7. Present Country====
8. Fax [optional]====
9. Email address====
10. Sex===============

You will also be required to request Western Union or Money Gram details on how
to send the required $96.00 in order to immediately ship your prize of $2.4
million USD via INTERNATIONAL CERTIFIED BANK DRAFT from IMF, also include the
following transaction code in order for him to immediately identify this
transaction: EA2948-910.
This letter will serve as proof that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is
authorizing you to pay the required $96.00 ONLY to Mr.Rick Ben, via
information, in, which he shall send to you,

HON.Andrew G. McCabe
Federal Bureau of Investigation F B I
Yours in Service,HON.Andrew G. McCabe
III Director Office of Public Affairs

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