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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: Mr Gerald Morris <>
Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2021 07:28:46 +0100

Metro Plaza, Plot 991/992
Zakari Maimalari Street
Cadastral Zone AO,
Central Business District, Benin Republic.
E-mail: ( )
Tel: +22969648117/whatsApp


The BRITISH High Commission in Benin Republic,Nigeria,Ghana and Bokinafaso
received a report of scam against you and other British/US citizens,
America citizens, south America citizens, Asia citizens and European
citizens,Etc. whom the country of Benin/Nigeria,Bokina Faso And Ghana have
recompensated you due to meeting held with Four countries Government and
the world high commissions against fraud activities by the mentioned
country Citizens, Your name was among those scammed as listed by the Benin
Financial Intelligent Unit (BFIU).

A re-compensation has been issued out in ATM MASTER CARD to all the
affected victims and has been already in distribution to all the bearers.
Your ATM CARD was among those that was reported undelivered as at last
Friday and we wish to advise you to see to the instructions of the
Committee to make sure you receives your ATM CARD immediately for your

BFIU further told us that the use of Benin Couriers and the Nigeria was
abolished due to interception activities noticed in the above mentioned
courier services in Benin,Nigeria and Ghana and thereby have made a
concrete arrangement with the Post Office Service Benin for a safe delivery
to your door-step once the beneficiary meets up with the postal charge of

We advise that you do the needful to make sure the BFIU dispatches your
recompense on Wednesday. You are assured of the safety of your ATM MASTER
CARD and availability and be advised that you should stop further contacts
with all the fake lawyers and security companies who in collaboration
scammed you.

Your total compensation fund is $1.5million USD

AND email me at ( ) immediately to check if the
delivery date suits you.

Note that you are to provide the following information for verification for
us to be sure that we are dealing with the right person: -
(1). Your Full Name:......................
(2).Your Delivery Address...............
(3). Your phone Number.................
(4). Your occupation .....................
The information you provide will also be used for delivery purpose so make
sure you do not make mistakes.

Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.
Yours in Service,

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