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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: "DR . C . PEACE" <>
Reply-To: "DR . C . PEACE" <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2018 01:39:56 +0900 (JST)
Subject: YOUR ATM CARD is $950,000.00 USD RECOVERY

Good day,

This is to inform you that the Fund Recovery Agency, Ministry of Finance
of the Government of The Benin Republic has recovered some seized funds
from the Western Union Office and Courier Services Companies including
Banks during the ongoing first quarter of the year's financial accounts
and reports activity. It has been discovered that your name and
information was among the beneficiaries who could not conclude their
transactions did not receive their entitled fund from the above mentioned
institutions according to the report on your payment file recovered during
the recovery operations.

The reason why this fund has not be sent to you was an out of trust from
you and other people involved in this regard as the recent investigations
revealed. Right now this fund have been deposited with the Economic
Community of West African States, ECOWAS Apex Bank which is the "Central
Bank Of West African States" by the Government with mandate that this fund
should be paid to you through International Certified Visa ATM CARD and
fund will be withdraw able from any ATM MACHINE cash point in part of the
World without any further procedures because of all the delays you have
encountered because all the necessary official charges in regards of this
fund have be paid by the Benin Republic Government on the condition that
once you receive this ATM CARD and start withdrawing funds from it, you
will refund the Government the fee that they paid on your behalf which is
USD $18,000.00. You are also required to know that the total cash value of
your ATM CARD is $950,000.00 USD.

If you agree on the condition of refunding the Government the mentioned
amount USD $18,000.00 which they spent in order to finalize your fund
release and your payment via ATM VISA CARD, you are hereby required to
reconfirm your full information for the delivery of your ATM CARD without
further delays within 4 days through DHL Courier Services.

Email address:

Please provide the below required information:

Full name: ......................
Address: .................................
Phone no: .......................................
A copy of your International Passport or Identity Card or Driver's

Note:You will pay $185 only for the delivering of your ATM CARD and no other charge involve.

As soon as you have complied with the instructions, your ATM CARD will be
delivered to you within 48 hours after we received the information for the


Address: BP 787 Government Route
Kanji Cotonou Benin Republic.
Tel. +229 6755-9971

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