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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.Linda Paul <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2023 03:49:19 -0700
Subject: Attention: Beneficiary.

Attention: Beneficiary.

I am Mrs. Linda Paul from Ministry Of Finance Cotonou (Head office)this
is to bring to you notice that after the conference meeting we had,
The Government of this country realized that you are among those that
involved in scam victim we have in our list to Compensate by the
government of this country as instructions from United Nation(UN)The
Governor of this state Cotonou Benin Republic has instructed this
office to forward your file to WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER DEPARTMENT
to pay you the sum of ($1.5Million USD) through WESTERN UNION.

His Excellence the GOVERNOR has instructed the WESTERN payment
department Dr.Robert Egbe to send the sum of US$1.500,000.00 through
his custody for easy receiver of your funds. You are to contact them
now to ensure that your fund will be transferring to you once you send
them the needed information to avoid wrong transaction.According to
the demands of WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER you are to receive your
fund at the installment rate of $5,000.00 daily until the
($1.5Million USD) is completely transferred to you accordingly. You are
to contact them now with the bellow information to avoid wrong

Reconfirm your address

YOUR name...................
YOUR address............
YOUR country............
YOUR phone number........
YOUR age...............
YOUR occupation...........
YOUR working id.............

Listen very carefully, tell DR.Robert Egbe that you advise to contact
him by Mrs. Linda Paul. from Ministry Of Finance here in Cotonou Benin
;Below is their Contact Information.

Contact with this information below:

EMAIL: address :(
PHONE NUMBER: +229 99776822
Address: 12 Avenue Island streets, Cotonou, Benin Republic

Please, do not forget to update me as soon as you receive your first payment.

Best regards.

Mrs. Linda Paul
F.A in Ministry of Finance
Benin Republic

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