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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 David Wilson <>
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2022 13:01:45 +0100


We are very sorry for what has happened for you in this our Country, My
name is Mr. David Wilson the Inspector General of Police Benin Republic,
This is to inform you that the Government of this country Benin Republic
has decided to offer you the sum of $950.000.00 USD as the result of what
happened to you and the instruction is that you will receive it by any
option of your choice by ATM CARD or WESTERN UNION TRANSFER because you
have been waiting to receive it.
We were able to get your email through those that extorted money from you
when the police got them arrested. One of them gave us your email address
and called his name Jerry Wilfred. The president of this country His
Excellency has sent aside the sum of $950.000.00 us Dollars to be sent to

We hereby inform you that we have made a concrete arrangement with the
Courier Delivery Company and WESTERN UNION for the transfer depending on
your choice for a safe delivery or transfer to your door-step or bank
account once the beneficiary meets up the demand of the conveyance.

Note that all the arrangement has been paid on your behalf. But you are
advised to send only $150.00 usd immediately to our office for your
clearance certificate because our agent will proceed to Du' Benin High
Court to process it, so that he should get the certificate before your fund
can be released to you.

The certificate will be used to obtain the transaction,So you advice to
email inspector general of police Benin Republic Office immediately with
your full information for delivery of your consignment or for the transfer
of your fund depending your choice and also to enable our office confirm
that you are the real owner of this Email

address to avoid any mistake.E-Mail:(
Your Full Name..
Your Country..
Your City...
Your Telephone Number..
The Amount You Lost...
Your Passport....
Your Age..

You are advised to send the fee of $150.00 usd with the below details
through money gram or Western union.
Receiver's Name:::::AKWUOBI CHIBUOZOR
Country::::::::Benin Republic.
Address::: ::::No 0023 BP Avotrou Cotonou,
Text Question::::: when...
Answer: ::::::Now...
Amount ::::::$150.00 usd
Sender's Name:...
Ref Number#:..
Sender’s address...

Mr David wilson

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