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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, 9 Jun 2021 15:40:03 +0100
Subject: Your Usd$7 Million Has Been Recovered In Benin.

Department Washington Military Dept,Bldg1 Camp Murry,Wash
98430-5000 USA.
U.S.A Line; +1-480-401-2770.
Benin Line; +229-61893885

Good Day To You:

I Hope This Mail Finds You In Good Spirit And In Good Health? Because I Am
Quite Aware Of Your Losses In The Past Years Now through this security
office intelligent track devices, It May Surprise You That I Am Also Aware
Of Your Consignment Boxes Pursuit In Benin, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria,
Spain,France, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Korea and etc .My Name Is Supp.
Mr Alejandro Mayorkas Secretary Of U.S Department Of Homeland Security Of
America , Am In Charge To Monitor All Foreign Transactions In Africa Europe
And Asia and this kept me in constantly traveling round the world.I Have
Been In The U.S Department Of Homeland Security Now Since February 2nd 2021
i was appointed Secretary By The Government Of President JOE BIDEN,
Monitoring The Various Transactions Going On In Africa, Europe And Asia,
Most Especially Consignments Cases, A.T.M Card Cases And Bank Transfer. I
Do Not Intend To Spoil Your Day Or To Put You Under Duress.

But You Can Not Receive Any Of Your Consignments Boxes, ATM Card Cases And
Bank Transfer Pursuit, Without A Clearance From The U.S Department Of
Homeland Security. However, Upon My Arrival In Benin Republic After Series
Of Meetings With Our President Joe Biden And United Nations Secretary
General Antonio Gutetres, Due To Numerous Complaints From Other Security
Agencies From Africa Asia, Europe,Oceania, Antarctica,South America And The
United States Of America Respectively, Against The Benin Government And
Nigeria Over The Rate Of Scam/Fraudulent Activities Going On In This
Countries And Africa.

When I Arrive In The Benin Parliament In Cotonou and going through all
cases of unpaid funds, I Found Your Consignment Box Clearance File Lying On
The Foreign Affair Office Desk Without Any Attention On A Thorough Scrutiny
I Discovered That Your Consignment Have Been Abandoned By Your Delivery
Agent. Meanwhile, I Was Made To Understand That They Have Try To Reach You,
But No Way And They Have Made Several Attempts To Contact Your Delivery
Agent But Upto No Avail.

To My Greatest Surprise, During My Recent Routine Re-Checking, I Personally
Discovered That Your Consignment Content Declaration Documents Stated That
Your Consignment Contains Personal Effects Meanwhile, It Contains United
States Dollar Bills Worth Over USD$7 Million Dollars, Which Made It
Impossible For The Consignment To Be Delivered To You Earlier Before
Now.Based On This Personal Discovery, I Am Contacting You Now To Let You
Know That With My Position And Power As The Secretary Of U.S Department Of
Homeland Security, I Can Assist You To Legally Clear Your Consignment
Fund,But You Must Agree With The Following Conditions. Because I Have
Called Our Office In Washington,Dc From Benin, Who Has Been Intercepting
All Your Telephone Calls, With The Help Of Mtn,Tigo Vodafone And Airtel
Network Benin.

I Also Received Some Information From Our Homeland Security Office In Benin
Republic, About Your Emails,That You Have Been Dealing And Sending Money To
Peoples In Benin Ghana South Africa Togo Benin And Nigeria , Who Claims To
Be The Western Union Directors. You Are Also Dealing With A Bank, And Other
Names Which I Am Still Waiting To Be Forwarded To Me From Our Office In
Washington,Dc. My office authority Have Monitored All Your Dealings With
This Hoodlum.You Are Advice To Hence Fort Stop Further Dealings With All
The Above Mentioned People, Until We Complete Our Investigation. Because
Your Dealing With Them Is Termed As Illegal Transaction.

I Wish To Inform You That We The Homeland Security Is On Look Out For All
The Above Mentioned Name, Mostly Those Who Claim To Be The Director Of West
African Debt Western Union And Money Gram And A.T.M Card offices and
including the Property Recovery Benin. All This Mentioned People Are
Impostor, And We Intend To Apprehend Them Soon.I Want You To Please Stop
Communicating, And Dealing With Them Until We Complete Our Investigation. I
Wish To Notify You About The Latest Development Concerning Your Box Of
Consignment That Was Already been Handed Over To Me today After The Meeting
Held Between Me And Some Of The Top Parliament Members Of Benin And The
Foreign Affair Minister In The Benin Capital Headquarters Cotonou, Due To
The Delay For You Not To Have Received Your Consignment Box For A Long Time

Accordingly, We Have Waived Away All Your Consignment Box Clearance Fees
And Authorized The Government Of Benin Republic To Allow Me Fly With This
Your Approved Consignment Box To You Without Any Delay Which They Have
Agreed. The Only Fee You Will Pay To Confirm Your Consignment Box Received
In Your Possession Is The Air Flight Weight Fee Of Your Consignment Box
Which Is Sum Of $150.00 Only.Hence I Hear From you also with The MTCN
Numbers to receive the Air Flight Weight Fee Of Your Consignment Box Which
Is Sum Of $150.00 Only,Then, I Will Be Coming Along With Your Box Of
Consignment,But Remember That As The Secretary Of The Department Of
Homeland Security United States Of America, I Am A Us Government Security
Agent And I Have The Power To Go Through Any Airport Customs Without
Inspecting What I Carry Along. And As Soon As I Arrive In Your State I Will
Give You A Phone Call For You To Give Me Direction To Your Home Address So
That We Can Meet Face To Face And Hand Over Your Box To You Before
Proceeding Back To The States.

As Soon As I Arrive I Shall Call You On Your Telephone Number Then Meet You
In Person And Hand Over Your Consignment Box To You Before I Return Back To
Washington Dc. I Have Taken This Assignment Upon Myself Because I
Understand That You Have Really Paid So Much On The Cost Of Delivery, But
Nothing Was Received By You. So Be Advice To Contact Me Immediately You Get
This Email Now Because Every Thing Has Been Done Ok. This Is Directly From
Our President Joe Biden.

Once You Send The Money, Try To Notify Me With The Mtcn For Easy Pick Up
And For Immediate Action On The Delivery Of Your Consignment Box,For You To
Receive Your Inherited Funds Without Any Further Delay Again . Since You
Was Unable To Receive It Since.

Send The Fee Via WorldRemit Money Transfer.

Receiver's Name...... MR. Richard Osita.
Country:. . . . . Benin
City:. . . . . . .Cotonou
Amount:. . . . . .$150.00. . . . .
Sender ' s Name . . . .
Sender ' s Address. . ...............

As Soon As You Send The Fee Make Sure You Send Me The Payment
Information.Once You Send The Money, Try To Notify Me With The Mtcn For
Confirmation And For Immediate Action On The Handling Over Of Your Fund To
You.Also You Are To Forward To Us Any Mail That You Have Been Receiving
From People For Proper Verification And Investigation Before You Deal With
Them Okay.I Have A Very Limited Time To Stay Here So I Would Like You To
Urgently Respond To This Message With The Payment , My Dear, This Is The
Opportunity For You And Have To Comply And Your Box Shall Be Deliver To
Your Designated Address.But Remember That After (3 Working Days) You Did
Not Make The Payment Then I Will Divert Your Funds To Us Government Fund Or
Benin Government Treasury. Please Treat This As A Matter Of Urgency.

Furnish me with your Home Address.

Home Address...........................
Phone Number...............................
Passport or Driving Licence....................
Nearest Airport................................

Sincerely Yours,

Alejandro Mayorkas,

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