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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: Mrs Render Jones <>
Date: Thu, 7 Oct 2021 09:21:55 +0100


Tnis message is from Federal ministry of finance Benin Republic, we kenffizy1
are to let you know that we have finally concluded with UBA Bank Benin
Republic to release your full compensation payment of $1.5Million US
Dollars to you through Money Gram and you will be receiving the sum of
$25,000.00 us dollars daily and First payment has been sent:
Reference: to you,

The Money Gram office stated that you will be receiving your funds at
the maximum rate of $25,000.00 us dollars daily until you receive the
total sum of $1.5 Million US Dollars completely. You are also
requested to re-confirm your address to them to avoid any

1 Your First Name..........
2Your Second Name.........
3Your Country...........
4Your City..............
Home Address: Occupation: Cell Phone Country: Age:

contact person:Mr Smith Bogani
MONEY GRAM department
Financial Bank Benin Republic ,
Whatasp number Phone: Mobile: +22953110879
E-mail: (

Contact Mr Smith Bogani, immediately through his above email address to
give you Sender Name & Question and Answer to pick up your money today
and let me know when you confirm it all.Thank you,

Mrs Render Jones

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