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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: "From Mr.Charles Konan" <>
Date: Sat, 2 Oct 2021 13:49:03 -0700

Address Avenue Jean-Paul
II PO Box 01 BP n 325

Dear beneficiary,

I am Mr.Charles Konan Banny from BCEAO BANK Benin Republic, FUND CLEARANCE UNIT

Benin Republic.

We are in receipt of your compensation Fund worth $250,000.00 Usd (Two
hundred thousand United State Dollars) from UNITED NATION FOR SCAM

ALLEVIATION AND COVID19 RELIEVE PROGRAM 2021,You are one of selected
individuals to receive this 2nd phase of the relieve program We are
mandated to further transfer the compensation fund into your nominated
bank account,Cashier Cheque nor ATM Debit card as approve by
International Banking Rule.

You are by this message advice to make a choice on the process you
wish to receive

our FUND, Make sure that you reach us within the next 24 to 48
Banking hours so that we can release your total fund to you without
any further delay.

Note that all the fees has been paid by United Nation in conjunction
with European Union (EU), UNITED STATES AMERICA (USA) And Africa Union
(AU) execpt only the $150 which you have to pay before receiving your

Receivers name:== OLIVETTE KIKI
Text question: How
Text answer: Today
Receivers address: AV 27 STREET BENIN REPUBLIC
AMOUNT: $150

End your details such as Your Home Address,phone number date of birth and

I look forward hearing from you.

Yours faithfully
Mr.Charles Konan Banny
phone : +

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