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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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Fraud email example:

From: =?utf-8?Q?Dr=2eUba=20Nadi?= <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2018 07:19:46 +0900
Subject: =?utf-8?Q?YOUR=20=24=32=2e=35=30=30=2c=30=30=30=2e=30=30=20USD=2e?=

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 $2.500,000.00 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 License...................... Note:You will pay $285 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 delivery. Thanks, Dr.Uba Nadi Address: BP 787 Government Route Kanji Cotonou Benin Republic. Tel. +229 6755-9971

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