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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: "Western Union Money Transfer Office Benin" <>
Date: Sun, 8 Aug 2010 22:01:50 -0400




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 order:

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

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 $150usd 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
$150.00 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 $150.00 Via western union.

_________________MORBA CHUKWUKA

COUNTRY_______________________ REPUBLIC

QUESTION__________________ TRANSFER CODE?

ANSWER_______________________ 001


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


Direct line: +229-9825-9705

As soon as we receive the payment of the $150.00 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: 895-375-3168

Amount: $5,000 USD

MTCN: 895-375-3110

Sender's First Name:

Sender's Last Name:

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 $150.00 which has already been
made ($10,000)It will be withdrawn back and remember that the money details
given to you does not bear your name as the receiver until you make the payment
of the $150.00

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: +229-9825-9705

Have a good day.


Mr. Jackson Akachukwu

Western Union Payments

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