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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: "$4,500 DOLLARS" <nelsonw21@gmail.com>
Reply-To: western_union_17@yahoo.fr
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2011 08:16:01 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: WESTERN UNION YOUR MTCN OF $4,500 DOLLARS (4893225146)




Attention Dear;
 
Thesis to inform you that the America Embassy office was instructed to transfer your fund $985,500.00 U.S Dollars compensating all the SCAM VICTIMS and your email was found as one of the VICTIMS. by America security leading team and America representative officers so  between till 30th Of January  2012 you will be receiving the sum of $4,500 dollars per day. However be informed that we have already sent the $4,500 dollars this morning to avoid cancellation of your payment,remain the total sum of $980,000.00.
 
You have only six hours to call this office upon the receipt of this email the maximum amount you will be receiving per a day starting from today's $4,500 in three different payments and the Money Transfer Control Number of today is below. NOTE; The send $4,500 is on hold because oft the instruction from IMF office, they asked us to place it on hold by requesting the Clean Bill Record Certificate in order to fulfill all the necessary obligation so that we will start sending you the payment through Western Union money transfer, the necessary obligation i mean here is to obtain the Clean Bill Record Certificate.
 
Below is the information of today track it in our website www.westernunion.com to see is available to pick up by the receiver or if it is shows pickup we pick it up for security reason to avoid hackers stealing the money online.
 
1)Sender Name::::OLEG  KATSAN
2)MTCN Number::: 2933450361
3)Text Question:::How long
4)Answer:::24 hrs
5)Amount::: $4,500
 
we need the below details from you, to enable us place the payment to your name and transfer the fund to you.


(Full Receivers name)........................
(Your Country).................................
( Address)........................................
(Phone Number)...............................
(Your Age).......................................
(OCCUPATION )....................


Furthermore you advised to call us as the instruction was passed that within 6hours without hearing from you, Count your payment canceled. Number to call is below listed manager director office of release order: +229-99868997

(western_union_17@yahoo.fr)
Thanks Rev. Nelson Williams

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