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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: Thu, 16 Sep 2021 09:34:22 +0100


We are here to informed you that we are doing of the year bonus in
this honorable western union or money gram office.And in the light of
above,i am here to notify you that we are ready to start sending you
your daily payment of $7000.00 until your total fund of $7.500,000
million are final transfer to you,

Note:All the necessary requested by the Headquarter has been approve
this morning by the same INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (I.M.F)And there
are (three) Document as they secure on your behalf which you may even
tender to any authority in your country that may ask any question
concerning the source of your fund. Meanwhile send your required
information immediately so that i will verify your activate file to
transfer your $7000.

Bellow is the Western Union Contact information:

Contact Name: Dr. Kelvin Morrison
Contact E-mail:( )
Phone:+229 +229 62067151
Western Union Agent. Cotonou, Benin.

Be it known to you that this bonus will end this mouth. As it stand
now,i advise you get back quickly as you receive this message to
enable this honorable western union or money gram office made
successful transfer into your name today,

And if we mistakenly fail to do as instructed by the (I.M.F) this
western union or money gram office office branch will be persecuted
according to the law.

Receiver's Name:............
Phone number:.....................
Attached copy of your Identification

I look forward to your urgent and positive response. Yours in service

Finance Minister
Federal Republic of Benin
MG Managemen

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