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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:

Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 10:54:58 +0200
Subject: Contact western union

Attn:My Dear

Now we have arranged your payment of ($1.5Million) One Million five hundred
thousand united state dollars in ATM PAYMENT CARD to be sent to you through
western union money transfer payment: Your payment will sending to you by
western union, the amount you will receive per day is $10,000

The minister trust funds of Benin Republic will send you the currently
standards track details you need to pick up your ($10,000) payment by
western union, you will receive every day till you receive the $1.5Million
united state dollars, now no need to send you this ATM CARD because you can
not be able to withdraw the ATM CARD due to the ATM MASTER CARD contain
large money on it. The director administrator trust funds have already
signed your payment, now you are free to comply with BANK OF AFRICA payment
office on this email :( however, kindly
contact the below person who is in position to release your payment by
western union per $10,000 a day.

Mr John Dibor ,
western union department
Financial Bank Benin,
Mobile: +229 93723414
E-mail: (

The financial western union payment canter has been mandated to issue out
your payment and you have to stop any further communication with any other
person(s) or office(s) to avoid any hitches in receiving your payment. And
bear it in your mind that only money you will send it $142 us dollars for
registration fee because your ATM CARD will be registered to Western Union
department before their will be able to make a chance to you $10,000 us
dollars every day ok.

Note that the administrator payment needs these details from you to process
your payment:

Receiver name---------------




Test question---------------


Copy of your id.............

Comply now because as soon as you sent this required details to Mr John
Dibor he will start sending your payment by western union

Barrister john

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