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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: "=?iso-8859-1?Q?WESTERN_UNION_HEAD_OFFICE?=" <>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 11:38:01 +0200

Attn: Beneficiary,

Now we have arranged your payment of ($2,500,000.00) two million five hundred united state dollars in atm payment card to be sent to you through western union money transfer payment: Your payment will sending to you by western union, the amount you will receive per day is $7,000

The minister trust funds of Benin Republic will send you the currently standards track details you need to pick up your ($7,000.00) payment by western union, you will receive every two days till you receive the ($2,500,000.00)united state dollars, now no need to send you this atm card because you can not be able to withdraw the atm card due to the atm master card contain large money on it.

The only fee you have to send them is $105 usd that they will use to obtain insurance transferand claims of affadvite that will prove that the parcel that consist total sum of ($2,500,000.00)belong to you be rest assure that all other fees have been paid by me.

The director administrtor trust funds have already signed your payment, now you are free to comply with wemaco payment office on this email: ( )
however, kindly contact the below person who is in position to release your payment by western union per $7,000 a day.try and send them the fee of $105 usd immediately let aneble them send your fund ok.

western union department
Financial Bank Benin,
Mobile: +229-93-693-196
E-mail: (

The financial western union payment canter has been mandated to issue out your payment and you have to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s) to avoid any hitches in receiving your payment.Note that the administrator payment need this details from you to process your payment:

Receiver name---------------
Test question---------------
Comply now because as soon as you sent this required details to Mr GABRIEL NWAOFIA ,he will start sending your payment by western union.

Best Regards,
Mr.Amade Garu

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