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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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Fraud email example:

From: "MIKE DAVID" <>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2009 17:17:27 -0500 (CDT)

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Attn; Recipient,

Please be informed that the funds are coming directly from the
International Monetary Funds headquarters and we are only to pay
beneficiaries once they meet their financial obligations.

Also note that Western Union is not allowed to make all payment at once
via western union money transfer due to the way the fund came to our
headquarters and for security reasons, upon receipt of your fees and your
International Remittance File purchased, you are receiving a first pay-out
of $10,000 which is made into two halves which will enable you walk into
any Western Union office of your choice and pick up your funds. Note that
the remaining fund/payment will be made install mentally in the following

1. $10,000 made payable to you from the Western Union
2. $740,000 made payable to you via bank wire transfer from our designated
paying bank.

Upon receipt of the fee for the purchasing of your international
remittance file, you are receiving your first pay-out of $10,000.00

According to the Section 636(1) of the LPN CAF of the 1999 constitution
regarding a contract like you will have to make the payment of the
$85.00usd so as to enable the purchasing of your inheritance file to
prevent illegal transfer of your funds or any form of hindrance.

Here are details of your money transfer of $10,000 made on your behalf but
it has no receiver's name yet until you remit the $85.00 to us before we
can purchase the inheritance file with your name and put your name as the
receiver below is the information you will use to send us the fee $85.00
Via western union.

COUNTRY___________________BENIN REPUBLIC

Then after you send the money you can send the payment information to our
email below.

Director; Mr.Amed Bello
E-Mail :( )
Direct line: +229-989-38-786

As soon as we receive the payment of the $85.00 from you then we pick it
up we well put your name as the receive and you will go to western union
and pick the money.


Amount: $5,000 USD
MTCN: 895-088-3159

Amount: $5,000 USD
MTCN: 235-375-1810

Sender’s First Name: Donald
Sender's Last Name: Okoli

You can log onto our website and track your transfer
and see that your money is there but needed the above stated fee to
redirect the transfer to you for your easy pick up. Note that within 72hrs
if you do not remit the required $85.00 which has already been made
($10,000) it will be withdrawn back and remember that the money details
given to you do not bear your name as the receiver until you make the
payment of the $85.00

Get back to us with our E-Mail:( with
the payment information one you made the payment and you can call on my
direct line if you have any question OK.

Call for confirmation of receipt of this message on: +229-989-38-786
Have a good day.

Mike David(ESQ)
Western Union Payments

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