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Beware of "Republic of Benin Money Transfer" Scam

Beware of "Republic of Benin Money Transfer" Scam

Online users, if you have received the email below, which the sender claim he/she is from Republic of Benin in West Africa, asking you for you help to transfer money, please delete the email and do not follow the instructions in it. The email is being sent by online scammers who entice gullible online users into sending them personal information and money in return for money they will never receive.

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If the scammers are contacted, they will ask their potential victims to send their personal information, which they will keep and sell to other scammers. The scammers will then ask their potential victims to send money which the scammers will claim their potential victims must do in order to receive their cut of the money. But, once the money is sent, the scammers will disappear and move to other potential victims. Some may be brave enough to continue scamming the same victims.

The "Republic of Benin Money Transfer" Scam

Date: On Feb 10, 2018 05:50

From: "Barrister Gogwin Egobia" <>

Barrister Gogwin Egobia & Co.Chambers

Legal Practitioners, Solicitors and consultants,

Member Constitution drafting committee 1995.

Plot 121, Cotonou Benin Republic.



Hello Dear,

My name is Barrister Gogwin Egobia, I am a citizen of Republic of Benin in West African region. I am writing to seek your consent for the transfer of $10.5 Million USD. It belongs to my late client who died

in the year 2000.The bank has issued me a notice to present the next of kin or risk confiscating the money into Government Public Treasury.

Kindly contact me through my private email for


Yours Faithful.

Barrister Gogwin Egobia


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  • Posted: Feb 5, 2019 at 9:54 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Mr.David Kamau
    Sent: Monday, February 4, 2019 10:26 PM

    Mr.David Kamau.
    DIRECT LINE: 229-98-77-63-27


    I am Mr.David Kamau, minister of finance (M.A.R),I monitor offices and control the affairs of all banks and financial institutions in Benin republic concerned foreign contract payments. I am the final signatory to all foreign transfers of huge funds moving within banks both the local and international levels in line to foreign contracts settlement. I have before me the list of foreign contract payment files, which are due to be transferred to their nominated accounts.

    Meanwhile, we identified some of these accounts to be ghost accounts, unclaimed deposits and over invoiced sum etc. I wish to have a deal with you as regards to the unpaid fund. I have a file before me and hope the date's are correct and UN-tampered. As it is my duty to recommend the transfer of these surplus fund to the Federal Government Treasury and Reserve Accounts as unclaimed deposit. I have the opportunity to write you based on the instruction I received two days ago from the senate committee on contract payment/foreign debts to submit the list of payment reports expenditures and audited reports of revenues. Among several others, I have decided to remit the total sum of USD18.2 million following the idea that we have a deal/agreement and I am going to per fact the paperwork legally.

    1.You will have to provide foreign account where the funds will be transferred.
    2.This deal must be kept secret forever, and all correspondence will be strictly by private email /telephone for security purposes.
    3.There should be no other third parties as most problems a**ociated with such payments are caused by their agents or representatives. If you AGREE with my Conditions, contact me directly through this email address;( will advise you on the next line of action and immediately the funds transfer will commence without further delay as I would proceed to fix your name on the payment schedule instantly within the next 5 working days.


    Mr.David Kamau.


  • Posted: Jan 12, 2019 at 8:54 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    Date: January 12, 2019 at 6:40:12 AM MST
    Subject: Attention Beneficiary.

    Attention Beneficiary.

    THis is to inform you that after the meeting held in my office yesterday which consist between the United States Embassy and the United Nations, African ECO-WAS, we have concluded that you will be compensated with all the money you have loosed in the hands of Africans and most especially NIGERIA & BENIN REPUBLIC precisely.

    We have deposited the cheque of your fund ($4.800`000`00USD) through Western Union department after our finally meeting regarding your fund, All you will do is to contact Western Union director Dr.Desmond Great via E-mail ( Tel: 2349024369197, He will give you direction on how you will be receiving the funds daily.Remember to send him your Full information to avoid wrong transfer such as,

    1. Your Full name.
    2. Your home Address..
    3. Your telephone number..
    4. A copy of your ID.
    6. Your occupation...
    7. Your country..
    Though,Mr.Frank Wilson has sent $5000 in your name today so contact Dr.Desmond Great or you call him Tel: 2349024369197, as soon as you receive this email and tell him to give you the Mtcn, sender name and question/answer to pick the $5000 Please let us know as soon as you received all your fund,

    Yours sincerely
    Western Union Team"


  • Posted: Dec 3, 2018 at 2:25 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States

    Here's one I got:

    "From: Alan Benjamin []
    Sent: Monday, December 3, 2018 6:33 AM
    To: undisclosed-recipients:
    Subject: Reminder !!!

    Attention: Dear Beneficiary,

    I am Alan Benjamin Secretary to Mike Pence , Vice President of the United States . This is to inform you about your Bank Check Draft brought back by the United Embassy from the government of Benin Republic , in the white house Washington DC as your compensation fund been mandated to be deliver to your home address to avoid wrong delivery of your check draft worth Ten million united states dollars (10.000.000,00 Million).
    Kindly reconfirm to me the below data
    1. Your Full Names
    2. Your Residential Address
    3. Your Mobile Cell Number
    Contact Email Address: (


    Mr Alan Benjamin
    Secretary to Mr Mike Pence


  • Posted: Nov 23, 2018 at 11:43 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    -------Original Message-------
    From: ">MR James Knight
    Date: 11/23/2018 10:28:05 AM
    Subject: Attn Beneficiary.($3Millions USD)

    Location: Marina Avenue,
    01 BP 2012, Cotonou, Benin
    Central Business District, West Africa
    Email: (
    Telephone NO 2299 68419076

    Attn Beneficiary.($3Millions USD)

    Welcome to the United States Of America Embassy Benin Republic,This is James Knight U.S. Ambassador in Benin Republic.We write to notify you that U.S. Embassy here in Benin has intervened in your case regarding your total sum of $3Millions, Inheritance/contract fund owning you in Africa. which you shall be receiving any moment from now. We are here to represent and protect the legal interest of every American and any other Countries like USA, Europe,UK ,Asia and so on, that are involved in such business with Foreigners and especially to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member Country Citizens domiciled here in Benin Republic. This site contains information on the United States of America and the Republic of Benin. It provides pages on the bilateral relationship between the two Countries,as well as on foreign policy, economic affairs, domestic issues, and U.S.society and values.The various sections of the Embassy work together as a team to achieve the goals of th!
    e Mission.


    Note that the $75,00 is the only money that you shall pay to OBIM ABUCHI before they shall start programing the payment details that shall enable you have access to your $300,000,00, Note that the $75,00 is compulsory for you to pay as it was agreed in the meeting that you have to pay the $75,00 which will serve as confirmation to your original file and to send the copy to you as well, Dear as power confide in me, full in controlling of this your fund payment now, I advise you not to waste your money by paying any body again, and if you just follow my instruction, you will receive your money tomorrow morning days time.

    Note that you are expected only to pay only $75,00 for confirmation of your file and you are to pay it through money gram transfer OR Western Union only and the fee will be sent to Benin Republic as the origination of the Fund. Send the $75,00 through money gram with the information below for reconfirmation of your file that will enhance the release of your Fund.

    Receiver Name ::: OBIM ABUCHI
    Address:::::Marina Avenue, 01 BP 2012,
    Country::::::Benin Republic
    Test Question:::: A
    Answer:::::: B
    Amount:::::: $75,00
    Sender's Name:::::::

    Once you send the money, try to notify us with the MTCN for easy pick up and for immediate action on the release of your $300,000,00, and your subsequent
    payments. Note that any unclaimed funds will be return to the Government of Benin after 5days. So you are urgently advised to comply with our directives so
    that you shall receive your fund without stress again, call on 229 68419076

    Thank you

    MR James Knight
    Email: (
    Telephone NO 229 68419076


  • Posted: Nov 20, 2018 at 4:24 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    ---------- Forwarded message ---------
    From: Bayor Mark
    Date: Tue, Nov 20, 2018, 4:42 AM
    Subject: Re: FROM BAYOR MARK ALU


    From the entire High Court Of Eco-was Benin Republic are here to make it clear to you that there was a case that was been handling in this ECO-WAS since concerning your Inheritance funds $10.5 million from office of chief judge Jimmy Anderson that's in charge of all compensation fund international delivery. We got some reports that you have not received your Inheritance ATM CARD fund from Honorable Jimmy Anderson due to you misplace his contact information.

    But this morning there was a lady called Delores Olea she report to UN director that you send her to claim the fund as your next of kin because you not interested of the fund. I'm here to know if you permit this lady DELORES OLEA for the claim because Jimmy Anderson said if we didn't hear from you till end of today he will proceed to activate another with pin code to her since she is ready to pay the $150.00 to claim the fund. And one of those internet hackers was scamming you be careful stop responding any email or text message from such evil man. The only real man has your ATM CARD fund is Jimmy Anderson and you will pay only $150 to receive it. If you really interested of your fund kindly respond urgent and I want you to contact the Jimmy Anderson via this Email- to text him to this number 1347-826-1393 Or 234-812-925-0019 so that he will proceed the delivery of your ATM CARD fund $10.5 million hurry up to contact Mr Jimmy Anderson okay. Keep me update for more advice asap.
    Yours Faithfully,



  • Posted: Sep 18, 2018 at 12:11 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Barr Faustin Saizonou
    Sent: Monday, September 17, 2018 2:53 PM
    Subject: Hello

    Hello Dear

    I am Barrister. Faustin Saizonou a lawyer in Cotonou Benin Republic. Mr.Jorge., a gold merchant, who was my client died as a result of lung cancer.

    Now I want to present you as the next of kin, to Mr. Jorge Bank so that the money left behind by Mr. Jorge can be transfer to your account through my help.
    The money value of $ 10.5Million (Ten million five hundred thousand united states dollars) was deposited in a bank here by Mr. Jorge before his Death on 23 November 2010.

    Further explanation, try get back to me soon.

    Please i wait to hear from you now, its a matter of urgency
    Best regards,
    Barr Faustin Saizonou
    Reply to my private email ("


  • Posted: Sep 18, 2018 at 3:49 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    -- -- -- --
    From: "Barr.Philip Micheal"
    Date: September 16, 2018 at 4:33:34 AM EDT
    Reply-To: "Barr.Philip Micheal"





    Good day to you and your family, I am writing to inform you that the United Nations Compensation has a meeting last week with International Monetary Funds (IMF) of Benin republic, we came to a logical conclusion a few days ago, This email was sent to few listed peoples that have been scammed in any part of the world, the UNITED NATIONS in Affiliation with WORLD BANK have agreed to compensate them with the sum of $5.9 Million each.

    These includes every foreign contractor that may not have received their contract sum, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or international businesses that failed due to Government problems etc. we found your email in the list of those who are to benefit from this compensation exercise and that is the reason why we are contacting you.

    You are advised to contact our Agent in charge [Mr.RICHARD PETERSON] Send him your full details such as,

    Your Full Name........
    Your Country..........
    Your City......
    Home address.......
    your telephone number

    Contact our Agent [Mr.RICHARD PETERSON] today
    Email: []
    Give him a call or message - phone:
    1(832) 835 2836)

    We apologize on behalf of the United Nations organization for any delay you might have encountered in receiving your compensation fund in the past.

    Best Regards
    United Nations Compensation


  • Posted: Jun 28, 2018 at 12:20 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Perris, California, United States

    Also got this scam:

    "We hereby inform you that the Scotland Yard Police, Interpol, Federal Bureau of Investigation, (FBI) United States of America, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of Nigeria and all the African Crime fighter leaders have come together to stop scam/internet fraud in Nigeria and all round Africa. We have recovered over US$2.6 Billion Dollars from the people we have behind bars.
    Our duty is to make sure we stop internet scam and money laundering. As for today we have put a lot of fraudsters in jail. We go all over Africa to pick this thieves/internet rats. We have over 8,273 of them in our jails round Africa and we are still looking for more. We are aware that a lot of foreigners out there have been deceived and lost their hard earn money to these fraudsters after promising them percentages in their letters/e-mails for their impending help to move funds out Africa including fake lottery winning notification and at the end of the day, they will collect thousands of dollars from you without a successful end.

    It was agreed that to retain the good image of Nigeria and the rest of African countries, all the victims who lost his/her hard earn money to these faceless thieves will be compensated with just US$500,000.00. This we assume will help you to start a new life. Please, you have to accept the money like that because the people (victims) in our pay list are too much. We are paying back from the money we recovered from these fraudsters.

    Contact Diplomat Brian Gordon In California For Your Cash (760)-263-3828

    I want you to know that you have 24 hours to call the diplomat in person of BRIAN GORDON with these phone number (760)-263-3828 in the United States, let us know if you are still interested to get your consignment delivery to you today? as they have been waiting to hear from you to help them complete this delivery to you right now the diplomatic have arrival to united state with your consignment box,call them for clearance.
    You are to call the airport with the number above and ask to speak with the diplomatic in person BRIAN GORDON and send him email at ( . call them and get back to me.
    Note; that you must reconfirm your full address and valid phone# to him through these email: ( immediately you receive these email to enable him deliver your cash consignment to you without any mistake.
    I appreciate your good sympathetic and collaboration, Hope hearing from you swiftly.



  • Posted: Jun 28, 2018 at 12:19 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Perris, California, United States

    Got this today:

    "Attention Winning Fund OWNER
    Good News Mtcn of your first payment,,Ref#52082081

    This is to acknowledge the receipt of your email with respect to the winning fund from Benin Republic government of which you emerged as one of the beneficiaries. I am very happy that we have finally located you after several attempts for the past few months.

    Sequel to the first edition 2018 meeting held today with Federal Bureau of Investigation, The International Monetary Fund IMF is compensating all the scam victims and your name and email address was found in the scam victims list. This Money Gram® office has been mandated by the IMF to transfer your compensation to you via Money Gram® Money Transfer.

    However, we have concluded to effect your payment through Money Gram® Money Transfer, $5,000 twice per day until your total sum of $4.5million is completely transferred to you, So below is the needed information we from you for the transaction!!!

    Receivers name)
    (Phone Number).
    (Your Age).
    (ID copy).
    (Your Email Address).

    > NOTE: That your payment files will be returned to the IMF within 24hours if
    > we did not hear from you because this was the instruction given to us by the
    > IMF

    You are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message
    for any reason what so ever because the US FBI is already on trace of the criminals
    from Africa

    Name: Mr. Michael Lee
    Managing Director for Money Gram®"


  • Posted: Jun 24, 2018 at 11:51 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    -------- Original message --------
    From: Barrister Michael Smith <>
    Date: 6/23/18 2:21 PM (GMT-08:00)
    Subject: Dear beneficiary.

    Dear beneficiary.

    This is to bring to your notice that because of the impossibility of your fund transfer through the western union network, I am doing all I can to make sure you receive your funds and I protected your funds for long now but I assure you that you still have every opportunity to claim your entire funds from the United State
    Embassy Office Benin Republic (U.S.E.B.R).

    I am only trying to help you because of the way the payment was handled in the past. Secondly, I can not sit and watch you loose your funds after confiding in me. As a matter of fact, there are still decent and God fearing people here in the United State Embassy Office Benin Republic which I am a good example. Since I came to this office in the year 2015, I have helped so many foreigners irrespective of their nationalities.

    Contractors/Beneficiaries from all parts of the world in claiming their long over due fund from the Benin Government.

    If you don't want to conclude these matter before Monday coming week just inform me today so that I can know what next to do because I can just be hearing same story and you will be dealing with people and sending your hard earning money to them which use to turn out abortive.

    If you can be able to come up with $199.00 for the Clearance Paper today, I will make sure you get your fund tomorrow morning, your fund is ready to deliver to you as I'm writing to you now due to my effort and I don't know why you should be dealing with people outside my nds.

    Please do not allow any body to deceive you and I expect your response and I don't want you to be tired of these, just take life easy and see what the result will be by next Week, I will expect your response and the fee sent by WESTERN UNION OR MONEY GRAM TRANSFER. Just get back to me today with the details and I promise to release your fund to you,

    Note that your ATM CARD has been arrived in US embassy and waiting to receive clearance certificate before the gate pass is given. Meanwhile you are advise to reconfirm the below information upon contacting us to avoid delivery to the wrong person.

    1, Your full name:
    2, Your home address:
    3, Your occupation:
    4, Direct Telephone Number:

    The information to send the $199.00 will be send to you once i hear from you as soon as possible.

    Contact him via his information

    Name: Barrister Michael Smith
    Phone: 1 (213) 802-5047

    Yours In Service,
    Mrs. Lucy Tamlyn.
    Ambassador of U.S in Benin Republic.


  • Posted: Jun 12, 2018 at 1:50 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    ---------- Forwarded message ---------
    From: Message from His Excellency Dr Thomas Yayi Boni Former President
    Date: Thu, Jun 7, 2018, 11:04 PM
    Subject: Message from His Excellency Dr Thomas Yayi Boni Former President general of Benin Republic

    Message from His Excellency Dr Thomas Yayi Boni Former President general of Benin Republic, West Africa….

    Well i was to write you because i have tried to call in one way the other but there is no way to get, due this morning i went to the IMF of Benin to check all the fund that was not delivered on my sit last three years ago, now the news now is that the present president Mr Talon was so bad to see foreigners to have their fund, so he press a tax and tax to people and they pay and pay yet they never gets their fund... So on this case i reported this to Human right and UN and they have approved that any abandoned fund in IMF Benin are to be released with immediate effect , so i want you to know that your name are among those who are to released they fund of $1.5 MILLION DOLLARS so what wee need from you now is to be sincerely to stop any other offices or persons here in Benin who claims they have your fund alright?

    I will tell you in my reign i tried all my possible best for all foreigners to have all their fund but due to the time is off in my hand i could not so please if you can work with me you will get your fund, without no delay. So in any how you wish to have your fund you will have it via CHECK OR BANK TRANSFER . But remember so members send cards to people from UBA bank that is not the legitimate card of you, there is no way the card will work in your favor, yet they demands for fees and fees till the end, so in this case i will advise you, in any organization they have no right to send you visa card without proper account details on how the card is been issued, so be aware of fake directors and office like DHL.

    Now i personally will indicate to see you have your fund, by bank draft or wire transfer bank, that is only way you will get your fund, so if you wish to have this fund of yours be noted that you will only obtained only HUMAN-RIGHT AND UNITED NATION PERMIT and this was at rate of $150 dollars only. The main reason why you are to send this fee was to see that your name are on the stamp of this certificate permit of this various offices.

    hed in your country with your bank without no problem, if it is for bank wire transfer the bank will not ask for any serial questions when this comes to your account.

    Nevertheless this fee will go to the name of the Human -Right second in command to avoid any problem so once you send this fee then you will kindly provide your details banking details or your home address where your fund will be send to... remember this fee $65 dollars are the only money you will ever spend in this so try and stop any communication with anyone, all i YAYI BONI will assured you is that you will have your fund in good manner...

    RECEIVER ................SERGEANT JOHN
    COUNTRY................BENIN REPUBLIC
    QUESTION............... MY WORRIES
    ANSWER...................ARE OVER
    AMOUNT............$65 DOLLARS
    SENDER NAME............

    Finally if you can call for more details on this point kindly call, but i will tell you again, over years you have spend and spend yet you have not yet gets your fund, ask yourself this question why is this happening, but i have come to see your problems are over so if you can abide and send this fee point yourself to have your fund without no delay or story....

    Yours Sincerely
    Dr Yayi Boni


  • Posted: Feb 15, 2018 at 12:59 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    -------- Original message --------
    From: DR Phillip Swanson
    Date: 2/15/18 8:46 AM (GMT-08:00)
    Subject: Attn; beneficiary


    Attn; beneficiary;


    Information reaching us from our Western Union Corporate Headquarters now, States that you only have 48hours to effect payment for the activation of your $3,500,000:00 USD to enable you to cash up your total (fund) since you are fine it difficult to make the total payment, We have decided that you can go ahead and pay whatever you have for the activation fee since you are not able to come up with the total required sum. Time is of the essence here. You are to pay what ever you have for activation fee; we will activate your fund upon receipt of this payment to enable you receive your first $5,000:00 USD from any Western Union center around you today. Be informed that you will have to pay the balance sum of your activation upon cashing up of your first payment.

    i want you to use Western Union and send whatever you have for the activation fee with the information Bellow.

    Receiver Name:
    country: BENIN REpublic
    Text question:
    Text answer:
    Sender's name

    Kindly reconfirm to me the following below information:

    Your full name
    Your address
    Your country
    Your Phone number
    Your ID
    Send us the MTCN number, Send your Address immediately you pay the money and also immediately we confirm the activation fee,i will transfer you the fund today and not tomorrow. Regards yours DR Phillip Swanson For your payment please Email me On the Email Address:[]

    I promise you as soon as we hear from you with the payment of ANY AMOUNT YOU HAVE NOW as we told you to send today, we shall send your first payment of $5,000.00 for you to pick up with the information you need to receive your payment the same day you send the payment of ANY AMOUNT and I swear you will receive your payment immediately.

    DR Phillip Swanson
    Head Office Operations Manager.
    Western Union Office Department
    Tel: 22965448522


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