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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: MR JOHN VIN <>
Date: Tue, 2 Apr 2013 21:07:34 +0800 (CST)
Subject: M.T.C.N):: 8238065833


I want to inform you that we have already sent you $5000.00 US Dollars through Western union as we have been given the mandate to transfer your winning term full overdue payment total sum of $1.5m USD, via western union by the Ministry of Finance. I tried reaching you on phone to give you all the information on phone but I couldn't get through yesterday, So I decided to email you the MTCN and senders name so that you can pick up the $5000.00 to enable us send another $5000.00 today as you know we will be sending you $5000.00 only per day. And it was agreed that you will pay the transfer clearance certificate which is the sum of $50 only before the release of the payment to you, now the money is on hold you cannot pick it until you send the $50dollar.

Please pick up this information and locate any western union around to pick up the $5000.00 and call the Operation Manager Mr. Peter Tailor because he is the person in charge of your payment.

Contact Person Mr. .bendouglas3
Contact him, Cell Phone Number +229 68560543.

Below is the western union information to pick up the $5000.00; which you will be receiving daily after you sent them their transfer clearance certificate of $50and it will serve as re-confirmation of your payment file in their office.

Here is the payment information of the one sent to you. Today but it is still on hold until you send the needed $50 dollar today

Money Transfer Control Number (M.T.C.N):: 8238065833
Sender Country: Benin Republic
Sender First Name: Shabbir
Second Name: Neemachwala
Test Question: What Coulour
Answer: Red
Amount: 5000usd
Mtcn number: 8238065833

Western union Web Site In Bracket/

Money Transfer Control Number (M.T.C.N):
8238065833 track it and be sure ok.
They will be waiting to hear from you with the transfer clearance certificate payment of $75 today; And you have to also use this below information to send the required transfer charges of $50only today.

Receiver Name....BUCHI MIKE
Country------Benin Republic
Your. City-----Cotonou
Your.Question----In God
Your. Answer-----We Trust
Sender's Name----
Be advice that $50 us dollar transfer clearance certificate is compulsory as they told me that is the only money you will pay until you receive your payment completely. Endeavor to E-mail your direct telephone number because you will be called once the payment information is sent to you.

Best Regards

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