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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:

Date: Fri, 27 May 2022 13:17:39 +0200

I am Mr ANDREW PETER, ,THE CHair Person In CHarge Of Treasury Department
Federal Ministry of Finance BENIN.I want to inform you that your
Payment File was brought to my desk yesterday to Cancel because the
director & management of the wells Fargo bank online wire transfer have
declared to divert your fund to the government treasury account just
because you can not pay the signed wire transfer fee.

In reasoning wisely to this complain i told them to wait until i hear
from you today so that i will know the reason why you decided to
rejected such amount of money $10.5million USD which is your rightful
& legal overdue compensation payment just because of signed wire
transfer fee.The reason why i sent this email to you is because its
your sweat and for this reason you still have this last chance to
claim your fund if you can send USD$500.00 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
am very sorry if you failed as this is the last chance.

Therefore, send the USD $500.00 immediately you receive this email
today and email your full name and address to me if you want your USD
$10.5million USD be send to you by wells Fargo bank online wire
transfer but the
maximum amount officially allow for it per day wire to you is USD
$10,500 per day until you receive your complete USD$10.5million USD from

The second option is for you to send me the full detail of your bank
account if you want your fund be fully transfer by direct bank to bank
wire transfer to your account at once. After you have sent the $500.00
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 release to you without any hitch.Here is the western union
information in the name of our 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 transfer will begin to be releasing to you
from the moment you sent this $500.00.

Send the $500.00 now and send me email with the money gram mtcn
numbers when you send the money ok. Contact
Email:( call me on whats-app +22963975342
RECEIVER: Buchi Frank
Test Question: WHO
Answer :.. ME.
Amount to send: $500.00
Sender's name:
Your Country:
Your Phone Number:

Send it and email the MTCN control number,name and address of sender
to me for easy collection
Thanks .

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