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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:

Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2019 00:26:55 +0100

Compliment Of The New Year Beneficiary,
Greetings to you in the most wonderful name of our Almighty God Our
Father. His richest blessings shall be upon you forever.

My Name is Prof, Edward.C.Urogwu, Former Governor Central Bank Of
Benin Republic, Please i am very sorry for my late respond due
security reason, However, It is my greatest pleasure to reach you
today after our unsuccessful attempt to get those fund transferred
into your oversea private Bank Account. Well, I just want to use this
medium to thank you very much for your earlier concern and assistance
to help me in receiving the funds without any positive outcome.

I am obliged to inform you that I have succeeded in transferring the
funds $26.700.000.00 Twenty Six Million Seven Hundred Thousand United
State Of America Dollars on Thursday 20th September 2018 under the
cooperation of a new partner Mr Roberto Gonçalves Gualtolini from Sao
Paulo Brazil who assisted me financially to receive the fund into his
private bank account in his country Brazil, Also with the help of one
of the Lady Accountant who works with the Federal Ministry of Finance
here in Cotonou - Republic of Benin (FMF), and she rendered a
tremendous help to us,

In appreciation of your earlier concern to me in receiving the funds
earlier during when i contacted you about 3 to 4 years ago despite the
transaction did not work out for both of us but the spirit of most
high GOD was troubling me to compensate you with the part of the
funds, In this opportunity I have decided to compensate you with the
sum of $, One Million Two Hundred Thousand United
States Dollars which was already credited into International Atm Visa
Card in your name. Presently I am in London United Kingdom. for
investment project with my own share under the advice of my partner Mr
Roberto Gonçalves Gualtolini. Meanwhile i will be sending you e-mail
from time to time to know if you have received your Atm Visa Card or

In the light of above, your ATM Visa Card identification code number
IS (65260512 1822 5107), Your Atm Secret PIN Number is (7316),And You
are advised that a maximum withdrawal value of $20.000. USD is
permitted for withdrawal daily by the issued bank UBA Bank of Benin
Republic and your Atm Card are duly inter-switched and you can make
withdrawal in any location of the Atm Center of your choice or nearest
to you,

Note i have registered your Atm Visa Card to the Efi World Courier
Company Cotonou- Republic of Benin for immediate delivery to your
destination home address before i left Benin-Republic on Sunday 23rd
December 2018 to France, You are advise to contact the Efi World
Courier company Benin Republic now and reconfirm your delivery details
to the company to avoid mistake on the delivery to your home, And the
card's value is $1.2Millions united state dollars, The Company
Registration Code Number/ is this Qux161922B7, Reconfirm your
registration code to them,

Note: The company agent does not know the original contents of the
Package because i packed it into a small security proof parcel. And i
declared to them as the contents are Sensitive Photographic Film
Material. I did not declare money to them, Please If they call you and
Ask you the contents please tell them the same thing ok.

Also i have paid them VAT & Shipping charges as well as Insurance
fees, Note i made the payment for Insurance, Premium & Clearance
Certificates, Is to certify that the ATM CARD is not a Drug Affiliated
Fund (DAF) neither is funds to sponsor Terrorism in your country. This
will help you avoid any form of query from the Funds Monetary
Authority of your country.

But i have not pay their official security keeping fees of $125.00
since they refused. Reasons for their refusal is because they do not
know when you are going to contact them because of the keeping fee, I
would paid it but to avoid increasing more fee when you will contact
them, The security keeping fee is $125.00,Only, Don’t pay more than
that it is only fee involved ok, Right now contact them with your
delivery details and ask them to direct you how you will send them the
security keeping fee of $125.00 ok,

Because i deposited it on Wednesday 12th December 2018 and that is
reason why i did not pay them their official security keeping fee, I
would write you for long but due to over busy i couldn’t, Please that
is only money you are going to pay them, so i want you to contact Efi
World Courier Company urgently to avoid increase of the keeping fee.

Contact person DR CYRIN ORTOM Director General Efi World Courier
Company Cotonou-Republic of Benin, EMAIL (
Tel-Phone +229-66677660

Please do.let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share
the joy together after all the suffering at that time. In the moment,
I will be on business trip with Mr Roberto Gonçalves Gualtolini to
Brazil his country because of the investment projects we have at hand.
So feel free to get in touch with the company concern your consignment
without any delay.

Here is the Verification Form below:
Your Full Name_____,
Your Country Name___
Your State Name______,
Your City & Home Address______,
Your Occupation______,
Your Office Phone & Cell Number____,
A Copy Of Your Picture____,
Your Age/Sex______,
Your Nearest International Air-Port------------

Contact Dr Cyrin Ortom immediately you received this massage for his
quick attention on your delivery,
Best Regard
Prof, Edward.C.Urogwu
Former Governor
Central Bank Of Benin

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