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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 Pay-out Gold card <deskofficiall@sify.com>
Reply-To: info.westernuniongoldcard01@gmail.com
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2011 10:25:47 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Your Card Number is: 4146650304178790-


Valued Attention!   


Western Union Money Transfer. Announced its decision to make an optional repayment of $100,000.00 to each debtor , an account has been opened in your name and the total money keyed in your Western Union Gold Card Rewards .

Your Western Union Gold Card can be used for cash withdrawals anywhere Visa debit cards are accepted 3,000.00.per day ,even online transfe  ! or just hand it to the Western Union Agent clerk to Withdraw cash.

Please Visit the https://wugoldcard. mycardplace.com/cholder/
Your Card Number is: 4146650304178790 use it in the 1st time Signing in and clicks proceed to verify the transfer .In addition to the initial activation you will receive your PIN and your Western Union Gold Card when the following fees are paid .

FEES

AMOUNT
Transaction Fee for purchases with WU  Gold Card

       $ 2.00
Account Administrative Adjustment Fee

     $ 3.00
Western Union Load fee

        $ 5.00
First PIN selection Activation fee

     $ 10.00
Priority Shipping Fee

     $ 10.00
Total fee  to send

 $ 31.00
Send by western union with the Below Informations:


Receivers Name: OGECHUKWU OMOKWE
Country: Benin Republic
Question: What Color?
Answer: Yellow.
Forard the MTCN XXX XXX XXXX

Your full name


contact adrrese


telphone


PIN# TO Withdrawal

*******
PIN  to  Direct Deposit  #

 8187-4366-0920
Gold rewards #

896-809-878
Your card #

4146-6503-0417-8790
CARD LIMITS

AMOUNT
Maximum Withdrawal per Day

$ 3,000.00
Total Balance on your Gold Card

$ 100,000.00

Thank you .
Ganesh Amoorthy.
Contact us at   info.westernuniongoldcard01@ gmail.com
Western Union  BENIN - COTONOU .

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