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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: "FRANK KOJO" <frankkojo125@ig.com.br>
Reply-To: bj-western-unionofice@live.fr
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2008 13:15:50 +0200
Subject: =?WINDOWS-1256?Q?Western_Union_Money_Transfer?= =?WINDOWS-1256?Q?,we_have_your_fund_with_us.=FE?=


* Western Union(R) * Welcome to Western Union
Send Money Worldwide

*Attention,*
* *
*
There is an issue with the WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER in
the amount of $50.000.00 USD Fifty Thousand United States Dollars directed
in cash credited to fileKTU/9023118308, at the owner of this email address.

The INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND contacted us for your remaining payment a
couple of hours ago due to your allocated security code.

They said that they choose to send it to an email address instead of a name
so that the fund can be safe and avaliable to pick up by the
beneficially,due to such development,we are unable to complete a transfer
directed at an email address,so we require some more information in order to
complete this transfer.

FULL NAME:
FULL CONTACT ADDRESS:
MOBILE PHONE NUMBER:
OCCUPATION:
MARITAL STATUS AND AGE:

In order to resolve this problem, please email via Western Union Solicitors
Fund Verification Department.

As soon as this information is received, and you have complied with the
requirements of payment of the western union charges $500USD Five hundred,
payment will be made to your nominated bank account or at the counter
directly from the Western Union Transfering Bank.

Below is the information to send the $500 today through Western Union money
transfer to make it faster and easier.

*
*SENDER'S NAME:
RECEIVER'S NAME:DANIEL CHIONYE.
CITY:COTONOU:
RECEIVING COUNTRY; BENIN REPUBLIC
TEST QUESTION: IN GOD
ANSWER; WE TRUST
AMOUNT; $500.00
MTCN NUMBER.............................

Please don't forget to send the MTCN number to us immediately you send the
money and make sure that you send with this information to avoid mistake ok.
Waiting to have the MTCN..

Sincerely,

MR. FRANK KOJO.
*
*[image: Dollars]* *[image: Western Union Logo]**Western Union(R) * *
Welcome to Western Union!
+229 93 489 858
bj-western-unionofice@live.fr
Send Money Worldwide WESTERN UNION
*

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