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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. Grace Brawn" <>
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2022 17:39:21 +0200
Subject: Attn: Lucky Beneficiary,


*Attn: Lucky Beneficiary**,*

*This is to bring to your notice that I am delegated to inform you from the
United Nations Office and Western Union Plc. that we are instructed to pay
Ten (10) Benin Republic and West Africa 419 scam victims $1.200,000.000Usd
each, you are listed and approved for this payments as one of the scammed
victims, On this faithful recommendations we want you to know that during
the last UN meeting held at Porto Novo, Capital Of Benin Republic,*

*It was alarmed so much by the rest of the world in the meeting on the loss
of funds by various foreigners to the scam artists operating in syndicates
all over the world today,the president of the country DR. PATRICE TALON
UNITED NATIONS is now paying Ten (10) victims of these operators
$1.200,000.00 USD each, Due to the corruption and inefficient banking
systems in Benin Republic.*

*You will be receiving this fund $1.200,000.00 USD$5000Usd per three
(3)hours once you fulfill the only request involve and you will be
receiving it like this until the total is completely paid to you *

*Based on our agreement with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the
Department of Justice (DOJ) as endorsed by United Nations Organization that
confirms you as one of the beneficiaries for Western Union refund of over
$700 million to scam-victims this year 2021. Read the link below to
understand more of the compensation refund.*


*Now this is the transfer information of your first $5000Usd below:You can
check it here to confirm:*

Track it here :

*Sender's Name Jason Sehion*
*MTCN 9439231622*

*Question: Best Today*

*Answer: Yes*
*Amount: $5000 *

*So you have to contact our paying Agent through this email below: BANK OF
<%2B229%2067%2025%2017%2078>69 09 60 35Email:

*Endeavor also to Re-send him this information as i listed it below to
avoid wrong transfer.*

*Your Receiver Name...Your
Question.....Answer......... Note: that the only money you will send to
them is the signing fee of the lawyer that will sign your transfer release
order and it will cost you only €105 Euro Only. Call him immediately you
receive this mail to enable him to give you the information to send
the €105 Euro and so that you will claim your first $5000USD .And you will
be receiving $5000USD everyday until the total amount is
complete. Thanks,Mrs. Grace Brawn.*
*Send Money Worldwide*

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