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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.Jean-Paul Djossou" <>
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2022 09:04:36 +0100
Subject: Hello Dear Esteemed customer,

Nsia Banque Bénin Rue 308 Reverend
Père Colineau Ganhi 01 BP 955 Cotonou, Bénin,

Hello Dear Esteemed customer,

We write to inform you regarding your inheritance award winning
chequeof $2.8 million USD which was issued out from Nsia Banque of
Benin Republic last week although the cheque has been cashed &
converted to ATM Visa card, reason the cheque was cashed & loaded into
a card is because the cheque may get expired before it gets to your
possession, therefore we have to registered the ATM card with COURIER
SERVICE COMPANY here in Benin Republic.
So you are advise to contact Nsia Banque of Benin Republic through
E-mail; ( via their info below,
please be sure you send your full current home address where to
deliver the ATM card to avoid mistake or misplacing of the package.
Trusting to hear from you immediately once you receive my email and
make sure you keep this conversation private to enable us to achieve
this goal as well thanks and GOD Bless you.

Contact the Manager Mr. Marie Pierrette Houngbedji's the Executive
Governor Of Nsia Banque
of Benin Republic.
Telephone:+299 5638-6933

Best Regards,
Mr.Jean-Paul Djossou

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