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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: Wed, 29 Jul 2020 14:15:12 +0000
Subject: Hello Beneficiary

Minister of Finance for Foreign Affairs Benin Republic
Mar 27, Avenue du Général de Gaulle BP 607 - Cotonou
Tel: (229) 21 31 26 00 / 21 31 26 30 / 21 31 50 88 / 21 31 50 15.

Hello Beneficiary,

It's our wish to inform you about the new development concerning your Inheritance payment of US$12,800,000.00 The board of trustees of Central Bank of Benin Republic and International Monetary Fund,Headquarters 1 (HQ1)700 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20431, USA, executives has finalized with the Federal Ministry of Finance to process and release the Amount to you through our Correspondent Bank in United States.

Your Inheritance payment of US$12,800,000.00 has been approved and deposited to U.S. Bank - San Angelo, Texas United States for immediate payment to you.

Do not hesitate to contact U.S. Bank - San Angelo,Texas where your US$12,800,000.00 was deposited through the contact bellow and get your payment release to you without any hitches as the cost of transfer was waved out by the concerned Authority.

Contact Person: Mrs. Michele Hughes
U.S. Bank - San Angelo, Texas
3121 Sunset Drive, San Angelo, TX 76904
United States
+1 800-872-2657
Opens at 9:00 AM

{1} Your Full Name:
{2} Your Home Address, City and Country:
{3} Your Private Cell:

Preferred choice of receiving payment

(A) Bank wire transfer:
(B) ATM Debit Card:
(C) Cash Payment:

Our mission with the instruction by the Presidency this year is to keep a clean slate of all debts that has been owned to foreigners because of some government officials and individual who are not honest.

Yours faithful.
Sent by Don Carlos Secretary to,

Dr.Pascal Irenee Koupaki
Honorable Minister of Finance for Foreign Affairs Benin Republic

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