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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: officeoficefile <>
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2021 02:58:35 -0700
Subject: Money Gram Agent.

The Federal Government of Benin Republic held a meeting with Ministry
of Fiance for PAYMENT OFFICE,After the meeting your $4.8Million USD is
Approve for you to receive it through MONEY GRAM PAYMENT every day
$15,000 dollar until the total ends. So every thing is sign to the
Federal High Court that you will receive this your fund of $4.8Million
USD until the end, According to them we said that you will pay
Maintenance fee which is $100 usd only, I promise you and assure you
that after this Maintenance fee of $100 there is no any other payment
again,i Swear to God Almighty,but you will pay the Maintenance fee to
us Today after today do not bother yourself again because the
transaction will be Cancel that is Full

Right now Contact this email ( and
send the Maintenance fee of $100 to them with this our receiver name
in Benin republic .This is our Google play card or itunes card

Finance Minister Federal Republic of Benin
prviate line. +229 98176252
Mr. Wendell Fernando
Money Gram Agent.

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