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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. Jennifer Njiofor" <>
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2021 21:01:29 -0800

Attn Dear,

I am Mrs. Jennifer Njiofor, the Chair holder in charge of the Treasury
Department, International wire transfers of Benin Republic Federal
Ministry of Finance. You are

to reply through this my official email address because this is to
inform you that your fund was brought to my desk because the director
& management of the WESTERN

UNION & MONEY GRAM transfer have declared to divert your fund to the
government treasury account just because you can not pay the wire
transfer fee. In reasoning

wisely to this complaint I told them to wait until I hear from you so
that I will know the reason why you decide to reject such an amount of
money $3.5Million USD

which is your rightful & legal overdue inheritance payment just
because of transfer fee.

The reason why I sent this email to you is because its your right and
for this reason you still have this last chance to claim your fund if
you can send $145.00 USD

today because I have already arranged your wires ready for its daily
wires to you but failing to do this, I will allow them to have power
over your fund and I am very

sorry if you failed as this is the last chance.

Therefore, send the $145.00 USD immediately you receive this email
today and email your full name and address to me if you want your
$3.5Million USD be send to you by

western union OR Money gram transfer but the maximum amount officially
allow for it per day wire to you is $8,500.00 USD per day until you
receive your complete

$3.5Million USD from here. The second option is for you to send me the
full details of your bank account if you want your funds to be fully
transferred by direct bank

to bank wire transfer to your account at once. After you have sent the
$145.00 and email me the MTCN numbers, you are to indicate your wish
to receive your funds as I

have stated above and the funds will be released to you without any hitch.

Here is the western union or money gram information in the name of my
accountant to avoid delay in receiving your fund and remember that I
have done my best for you

and I will make sure that your wire will begin to be released to you
from the moment you sent this $145.00.

Send the $145.00 now and send me an email with the WESTERN UNION, MTCN
or MONEY GRAM reference numbers when you send the money , you can
as well call me on this

number +229-52453965 when you have sent the money now okay .

CITY :............. COTONOU .
AMOUNT :........... $145.00USD

Send it and email the MTCN control number, amount sent, name and
address of sender to me for easy collection and once again remember to
reply through this my official

email address

Mrs. Jennifer Njiofor
Treasury Department, International Wire Transfers,
Federal Ministry of Finance Benin Republic.
Telephone: +229-52453965

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