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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: "Anthony Lee" <cs@fcb.co.bw> (may be fake)
Reply-To: jimoviao99@gmail.com
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2011 13:01:58 +0300 (EAT)
Subject: Western =?iso-8859-1?Q?Union=AE?=




Western Union®
Dear Sir/Madam,

There is an issue with the WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER UNITED KINGDOM in
the amount of $200,000.00 USD directed in cash credited to file
KTU/9023118308/03, at the owner of this email address. The INTERNATIONAL
MONETARY FUND contacted us for your compensation 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. 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: wumt.agent@blumail.org

As soon as this information is received,and you have complied with the
requirements of payment for the remitence permit then
the money will be sent to you via western union and give you the MTCN for
the
pick up.

Note: That this is not one of those Nigerian/African scams that all they
are after is to ripe you off your money and at the end you wil not receive
your funds, but note that this is no scam and is directly from the
Management of Western Union Money Transfer Benin Republic Head Office and
our Motto is To Serve You Better.

Contact us on our website on www.westernunion.co.uk also note that you
would be responsible for any payment that is needed for the transfer of
your funds into your nominated bank account or at the counter directly
from the Western Union Transferring Bank.

THE MANAGEMENT OF WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER, BENIN HEAD OFFICE.

DISPATCHED THIS DAY

Sincerely,

Mr Anthony

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