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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: "Dr Peter Grayson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 11 May 2010 20:11:11 -1200
Subject: Get in touch with western union

Attn: My Dear Friend,

Now we have arranged your payment of (US$2.5 Million) Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars in your ATM payment card to be sent to you in cash through Financial Bank Western Union Money Transfer Department: Your Inherittance Winning Funds will be sending to you by western union and the amount you will be receiving per day is $5,000, only. The minister trust funds of Benin Republic will send you the currently standard tracking details you need to pick up your ($5,000) payment by western union and you will be receiving your money in every two days till you receive the total fund of ($2.5Million USD). Now no need to send you this atm card because you can not be able to withdraw the atm card in your country due to the atm master card contains large money on it.The director administrtor trust funds have already signed your payment, now you are free to comply with Dr Victor Moorvis in Financial Bank Benin on this email: ( however, kindly contact the below person who is in pos

Dr Victor Moorvis.
Financial Bank Benin,
Western Union Department.
Tel: +229-98-91-13-81
E-mail: ( )

The financial bank western union payment center 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 without any delay:
Your Receiver name:--------------
Text question:---------------------

Comply immediately because as soon as you sent this required details to Dr Victor Moorvis, he will start sending your payment by western union.
My Regards,
Dr Peter Grayson.

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