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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-------------------------------------- William" <office.file178@att.net>
Reply-To: world_western_union141@hotmail.com
Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2011 04:08:27 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Contact Western Union for your Special Bonus.




Attn: Beneficiary



This is to notify all our customers about the latest development concerning all the payment that are left in our custody, which yours are inclusive Besides, yours where given a bill of $105, in order to receive your payment of which we didn’t hear from you for sometime now....Hence, our Western Union is now offering a Special BONUS to help all our customers that are having their payment in our custody due to of prices. In order words we are now requesting that those involve should pay only the sum of $52.00 to receive all their payment abandoned in our custody.



Besides, my dear, these are the opportunity for you and have to comply and your funds shall be transfer to your designated address. But remember that after (3 DAYS) you did not make the payment then we will divert your funds to Government Fund, to avoid problem or we will cancel the payment for this year until next year because this year is not like last year.



Again after (THREE DAYS) we will enter a new project for the year and that is the reason why we decided to help to all our customers before we enter into the new project. So be advise to send the $52.00 immediately so that we will register your payment and for to start receive $5,000.00 as from tomorrow. Be advise that there is no time again for we to call any person on phone unless you will call(+229-98799767. After the payment of $52.00 you will start receiving your money every day $5,000.00 through money gram and Western Union $5,000.00 by western union until the full payment of $$6.8mUSD is completed. So what you will be receiving per day is $10,000



Beneficiary name----------------------------

Home Address----------------------------

Telephone-- ---------------------------

Occupation........................

Country......................

Sex...........................



Contact me with this information's below:



CONTACT PERSON:Prof Joseph Allan.

TEL: (+229-98799767.

EMAIL: (world_western_union141@hotmail.com)



SENDER: JOHN ZANE.

MTCN: 626-278-4165

Test Question......To whom?

Test Answer...... Customer

Amount........ $5,000.00 USD



Send the money through Western Union Money Transfer with the

Information below:



RECEIVER NAME: OKECHUKWU OBALIM,

COUNTRY............. Cotonou, Benin Republic

Text Question...... In God

Answer...............We Trust.

Amount...............$52.00. Only.



The moment I receive the payment of $52.00 i will release the first

Payment information's of $5,000.00 to you and you will pick up the money

And I will send you money. Hoping to hear from you.

Please, contact MR.TERRY COOL for the transfer charge above



MRS.LINDA WILLIAM.

FOREIGN OPERATION MANAGER

WESTERN UNION OFFICE

THIS IS OUR CONDUCT CODE (303)

Contact Western Union Special Bonus.

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