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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: "David C. Lee" <>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2021 03:33:00 -0800

Attention Dear:

You have been listed by the Federal Government of Benin among the
people they are owing, that could not claim their overdue payment and
my Bank has been mandated to pay you immediately. After proper
verification of your payment we discovered that the only reason why
you have not receive your funds since is because you have not sign the
original documents of your payment from our Federal High Court of
Benin Republic which is against our law to pay a person without
signing any Authority to Remit agreement documents and fill the form
from our Federal High Court to proof that the money you are about to
receive, is well legitimate and confirmed from Government of Benin Republic,

and there is no way you will receive Millions of Dollars without
signing any original pepper works documents from (FHCT) Please stop
blaming Benin Government for not releasing your funds since you are
the cause of your problem for not signing these original documents.The
people that have contacted you before do not know anything about this
outstanding payment.

To forestall this, security for your funds was organized in the form
of your personal Identification number (PIN) ATM CARD and this will
enable only you to have direct Control over your funds in the ATM CARD
an irrevocable payment guarantee has been issued by the Presidency,
Federal Republic of Benin on your Payment. However, we are happy to
inform you that based on our recommendation/instructions, your
complete funds have been credited in your favor through ATM VISA CARD.
You are therefore advice to contact the ATM Card payment center with
the following information as stated below::

1. Your Full Name which you prefer we use when shipping your funds============
2. Your Current mailing (Delivery) Address where your fund should be
mailed to=========
3. Your Private Mobile Number for the Priority Express Mail to Contact
you when they arrive at your door step============
4. Your direct telephone Number============
5. Your private Email address ==========
9. Sex/ age===
10. Country:==

Note: you are advised to furnish Mr.David C. Lee, with your correct
and valid details. Also be informed that the amount to be paid now is
($6.300,000,00 usd, Six million three hundred thousand united states
dollars only) through our Bank, Societe Generale Bank Benin If however
this Email address does not belong to you, kindly delete this message
from your mailbox, and pretend that we never contacted you, because we
shall continue our research until we get the owner of
this Email address, thanks for your understanding.

Yours Faithfully.

Mr David C. Lee
Director ATM Department. Societe
Generale Bank
TEXT + 1 315 508 6844

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