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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 07:22:15 +0000 (UTC)

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 not.

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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