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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: "Office Of Presidency" <>
Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2019 11:05:38 -0700

Good Day ;

How are you doing together with your family? I hope you are fine and if so glory be to God almighty in heaven. First of all let me introduce my self to you, I am Dr. Patrice Talon, the new President of Benin Republic. I am writing this mail to inform you that after the meeting held in my office yesterday been Friday 21 which consist between the United States Embassy and the United Nations, African ECOWAS
we have concluded that you will be compensated with all the money you have lost in the hands of Africans and most especially BENIN REPUBLIC precisely.

After receiving many complaints that many was scammed through WESTERN UNION, MONEY GRAM, BANK TRANSFER AND DELIVERY COURIER COMPANIES (ATM cards and consignment packages) including CHAMBERS as well, so I'm pleading with all scammed citizens that anyone that has been scammed due to one reason or the other and for anything would be compensated back and no matter your country or continent, AFRICA, ASIA PACIFIC, AMERICAN, EUROPEAN, ETC. all scammed person(s) would be compensated and would be sent their compensation funds.

Furthermore, every client and beneficiaries would be send their compensation fund sum of six Million five hundred thousand united state dollars ($6.5USD) each. And this fund would be sent to you through ONLINE BANKING TRANSFER OR ATM CARD and it would be sent to you in form of an executive enveloped sealed letter and there will nothing like any delivery agent or courier company involved in this, perhaps, this letter would be sent to you through POST OFFICE and would be sent directly to your home address and P.O BOX. Therefore, all beneficiaries is expected to send the below details for fast procedure and immediate co-operation;

Full Name:
Home Address:
P.O. Box Address:
Postal Address:
Telephone Number:
Age and Sex:

Finally, all the scammed beneficiaries would be sent this compensation fund of six Million five hundred thousand united state dollars ($6.5USD) and the only money that would be involved in this would be the posting fee of $275 each and this would be the only money that would be paid by the beneficiary of the funds and that is all. Moreover, there will be no C.O.D in this stated method of payment and every beneficiary has just from now till the MONDAY to comply and correspond with this office respectively. Be informed to use this below information to make the payment of $275 Through Ria Money Transfer or Money Gram.

Receiver's name. . .OLIVIA SIMON
Country. . . . Benin Republic
City. . . .Cotonou
Text Question. . . In God
Text Answer. . . .Trust
Amount:. . $275
MTCN. . .
Sender:. .

Your urgent and fast response is highly needed and would be highly appreciated, so as to enable this issue to be settled once and for all.
His Excellency,
Dr. Patrice Talon
Tel +229-9082-5631
President of Benin Republic
Email: ( )

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