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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: "Western Union Office" <ad@mail.mn>
Reply-To: western.uniondept1@live.com
Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2010 00:48:06 +0700 (ICT)
Subject: PICK UP YOUR $2500 IMMEDIATELY



--
Welcome To Western Union Money Transfer
Website: www.westernunion.com
Dear Western Union Customer

CONTACT EMAIL:(western.uniondept1@live.com)

ATTN; BENEFICIARY:

THIS OFFICE HAVE BEEN WAITING TO HEAR FROM YOU EVER SINCE REGARDING THE
TRANSFER OF YOUR $2.5,000.00 BUT NO CALL OR EMAIL SO WE DECIDE TO UPDATE
YOU ABOUT THIS GOOD NEWS. WE FIND OUT THAT THE $300 FOR THE TRANSFER
CHARGE OF THE FIRST PAYMENT $5,000.00 IS TOO HIGH FOR YOU TO COME UP WITH
SO WE DECIDED TO REDUCE THIS FIRST PAYMENT TO $2,500 SO THAT THE TRANSFER
CHARGE WILL BE LOW FOR YOU TO PAY.

SO ALL YOU HAVE TO DO NOW IS TO MAKE ARRANGEMENT OF HOW TO SEND TO US THE
TRANSFER CHARGE OF THIS $2,500 WHICH IS $100 TO ENABLE US RELEASE THE
FIRST TO YOU IMMEDIATELY.

HERE IS THE INFORMATION OF THE ONE WE SENT TODAY TO YOU BUT IT WILL REMAIN
ON HELD UNTIL YOU SEND US OUR TRANSFER CHARGES OF $210 BEFORE WE CAN
RELEASE IT TO YOU. WWW.WESTERNUNION.COM

Sender...
Sender Name.....Flynn Nicole
MTCN............960-522-7559
Amount..........$2,500

USE THIS BELLOW INFORMATION TO TRANSFER TO US OUR TRANSFER FEE

1.RECEIVER NAME:...........VIVIAN EWANSIHA
2.COUNTRY:..................... NIGERIA .
3.CITY :.............................. EDO .
4.TEST QUESTION:............WHO?
5.TEST ANSWER:..............GOD.
6.AMOUNT:........................$210, USD

YOUR URGENT RESPOND IS HIGHLY NEEDED.

REGARDS

REV.Mr.David Mark
FORIGN OPERATION MANAGER
WESTERN UNION OFFICE LONDON
TELEPHONE +44 70457 22833

--
Welcome To Western Union Money Transfer
Website: www.westernunion.com
Dear Western Union Customer

CONTACT EMAIL:(western.uniondept1@live.com)

ATTN; BENEFICIARY:

THIS OFFICE HAVE BEEN WAITING TO HEAR FROM YOU EVER SINCE REGARDING THE
TRANSFER OF YOUR $2.5,000.00 BUT NO CALL OR EMAIL SO WE DECIDE TO UPDATE
YOU ABOUT THIS GOOD NEWS. WE FIND OUT THAT THE $300 FOR THE TRANSFER
CHARGE OF THE FIRST PAYMENT $5,000.00 IS TOO HIGH FOR YOU TO COME UP WITH
SO WE DECIDED TO REDUCE THIS FIRST PAYMENT TO $2,500 SO THAT THE TRANSFER
CHARGE WILL BE LOW FOR YOU TO PAY.

SO ALL YOU HAVE TO DO NOW IS TO MAKE ARRANGEMENT OF HOW TO SEND TO US THE
TRANSFER CHARGE OF THIS $2,500 WHICH IS $100 TO ENABLE US RELEASE THE
FIRST TO YOU IMMEDIATELY.

HERE IS THE INFORMATION OF THE ONE WE SENT TODAY TO YOU BUT IT WILL REMAIN
ON HELD UNTIL YOU SEND US OUR TRANSFER CHARGES OF $210 BEFORE WE CAN
RELEASE IT TO YOU. WWW.WESTERNUNION.COM

Sender...
Sender Name.....Flynn Nicole
MTCN............960-522-7559
Amount..........$2,500

USE THIS BELLOW INFORMATION TO TRANSFER TO US OUR TRANSFER FEE

1.RECEIVER NAME:...........VIVIAN EWANSIHA
2.COUNTRY:..................... NIGERIA .
3.CITY :.............................. EDO .
4.TEST QUESTION:............WHO?
5.TEST ANSWER:..............GOD.
6.AMOUNT:........................$210, USD

YOUR URGENT RESPOND IS HIGHLY NEEDED.

REGARDS

REV.Mr.David Mark
FORIGN OPERATION MANAGER
WESTERN UNION OFFICE LONDON
TELEPHONE +44 70457 22833

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