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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: "Mrs. Lynda Michael" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 4 May 2018 16:13:57 +0100
Subject: Re: Re: Payment of $1,200,000.00

Dear Friend,

How are you doing?

This is to inform you that the Board of Directors of the paying bank, has ordered there Foreign Remittance Unit of International Commecial Bank (ICB) or United Bank for Africa (UBA) to remittance the payment compensation of the $1,200,000.00 dollars to you to avoid much expenses in your coming down to Cotonou Republic of Benin for the payment.

All you need to do, is to get the final approval by contacting the lawyer incharge who is going to monitor your payment with full guarantee against anybody who will try to scam you.

So therefore, you are advise to kindly contact Barrister Jacques Hans for details to avoid the funds not to be declare unclaimed and return to the commission should in case you fail to meet up this time as the instruction giving by the Group as I have contacted you 3 times with regards to this matter..

Foreign Payment Credit Centre
C/36, Zone Fifa, Cotonou,
Republic of Benin West Africa
Tel: +229 65 03 27 5
Contact Person: Barrister Jacques Hans

Contact the above immediately to re-claim your payment as my official leave will start tomorrow. Also let me know once you reach him

Mrs. Lynda Michael

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