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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.Carman L. Lapointe" <>
Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2021 07:40:12 +0000

I wish to tell you that since the little days i have spent in this
country,there are a lot of people who are interested in confiscating
your fund into their personal account because they know too well that
you can't be able to come to Benin Republic to claim your U S D
$10.5Million Approved payment.

This Thief,Mr John F Pikus and others with his Cohorts came to the
Central Bank Head office,with a Funeral picture saying that you died
of Car Accident and before you died,you made him your rightful Next of
Kin.A picture photograph was take to this man with his cohort.

We just received information from the FBI Washington to make sure that
you confirm your fund in your account before I return back to New York
by next week.

We do not want anything that will jeopardize your chances of receiving
your fund urgently so you are required to urgently get back to me with
your full banking details. Urgently reply back with your full banking
details so that I will forward it to our appointed paying bank for
urgent transfer of your approved USD $10.5Million in your bank
account. Lastly,if you really wish to receive your fund,you have to
follow my directives and STOP every communication you are doing with
any offices so that you will not be confuse until the funds hit into
your account,The only fee Approved by the Federal Government of Benin
and the United Nations Organization for you to pay before you receive
your approved payment is the Court Notarization fee which is the UN
Clearance Certificate and European Union Clearance Certificate Fee of
$120 You are required to urgently rush to Western Union Money Transfer
and send the Court Notarization fee with the name, below:

COUNTRY: Republic Of Benin
AMOUNT: $120

I am looking forward to receiving your timely response,email me on
( ) OR WHATSAPP +229 (9180-9767)

Mr.Carman L.

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