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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: president Patrice Talon <>
Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2023 07:56:13 +0100

ICPC Benin Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences In
United Nations Approved Anti-fraud Unit.
Code of Conduct Bureau against fraud, funds delay and impersonation.
Contact Email Adrress( )
Office phone +229 98-24-0-46
head Office: Plot 802, Constitution Avenue
Zone A9 Central Area
P. M.B 535, Cotonou-Benin


Does it means that you are no more interested of making the claim of
your outstanding fund US$20Million of yours which have successful
channel to transfer and reflect into your bank and up till this moment
you have decided to remain silent after I have personally took an Oath
for you to secure this fund.
With all due respect, if you really know that you are no more
interested of making this claim of your outstanding fund of yours
kindly update me now to cancel this Transfer since your negative
thought does not allow you to believe on the reality so send me a
declaration letter stated that you are no more interested of making
the claim so that I will cancel the transfer.What makes you think that
you will not secure your fund and have Access of the fund as
Beneficiary and you should know that I have made everything possible
for you so kindly go now and send this Fee US$105 so that the
Ownership Certificate will obtain to enable the Transfer procurement
payment slip submit to your bank authority for confirmation of the
fund into your bank account.Does it means that you are internationally
want to delay this matter and it has been long that I made the
announcement of release of your fund which is ready to be with you so
with all due respect I advice you to go now and send this Fee
immediately without any delay and update me because I want you to
secure this fund as a agreed and signed.Make sure that you scan the
Attached Copy of payment slip to me immediately.

You are advice to send the US$105 by Itnues card as directed below
and update with the Attached Copies of payment Information for
recorded as directed immediately and also get ready and I am at your
Service because of your Funds transfer is READY which you know that
you have to appreciate the effort that Benin new present Government
made for you to secure your fund with a copy of Transfer payment Slip
to you for Handover.
With all due respect, please do not delay to send this fee Today
because this is a last chance and final conclusion. Kindly do your
best now to send the Fee and update me immediately.
Other details and Transfer procurement payment slip Sheet will be
forwarded to your Bank Authority as soon as you send the Fee
US$105Today Monday and update me with payment information satisfied
that you will rejoice right now.On behalf of this Democratic
Government of United States of America (U.S.A), I apologize for any
delay you might have encountered in receiving your Fund in the past.By
virtue of law, you have to go now and make the payment of the required
Fee as directed Below to enable the Ownership Certificate obtain and
issue in your Name of your Funds Transfer to be made immediately
because this is the time and moment you supposed to receiving of your
contract funds as Beneficiary.
I officially wait for the Attached Copy of Payment Transfer Slip
Information Scan for Recorded of your Funds Transfer to be made
The above money should be sent via MONEYGRAM TRANSFER OR RIA within 24
Hrs in favor of the smooth confirmation of the funds of your Funds
into your Bank Account.

Receiver Name:::::: Zma Mba
Address: Cotonou, Benin Republic
City Address:: COTONOU
Test Question ;AA
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Sender Name....?
Thanks for your Understanding
Best Regard

Benin Republic's president
Patrice Talon,, (SFF, GCRF)


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