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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.Joans Kata <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2022 02:51:10 -0700
Subject: Attention Please, f

Attention Please,

This is to notify you that the United Nations Secretary General has
deliberated with the world bank for a compensation payment on scammed
victims from America, Europe, Asia and Africa so your e-mail emerged
as one of the lucky beneficiaries. I write to let you know that the
sum of $3,500,000 (Three Million Five Hundred Thousand United States
Dollars) has been approved in your favor.

I write to inform you that we have already sent you $5000.00 dollars
through MONEY GRAM PAYMENT as we have been given the mandate to
transfer your payment total sum of $3.6 Million,via MONEY GRAM by this

All you will do is to contact MONEY GRAM PAYMENT director Bruce
Barkery, ask him to give the money gram details so that you will pick
your first payment of the $5,000usd, He will give you direction on how
you will be receiving the funds daily.
Name: Bruce Barkery
Phone number: +229 69725457
Address: Address: 12 Avenue Island streets, Cotonou, Benin Republic
Email, ( )

Contact them here,

Remember to send him your Full information to avoid wrong transfer such as,

Full ' Name_______________
Address: ________________
Country: _____________
Phone Number: _____________

Listen very carefully, tell Dr. Bruce Barkery that you advise to
contact him by Mrs.Joans Kata. from Ministry Of Finance here in
Cotonou Benin Republic; Let me know once you contact him.

Mrs.Joans Kata
F.A in Ministry of Finance
Benin Republic

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