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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:

Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2010 05:15:59 +0530


I am writing to inform you that we have sent $5000 Usd via western union as we
have given the mandate to transfer your payment of the total compensation of
$200,000 via western union by the United Nation,

Please be informed that the funds are coming directly from the United Nation
Fund headquarters in west Africa. It is a Grand Donation from the
United Nation
and ECOWAS to support individuals financially due to the global and financial
economic meltdown. Your email address was selected globally as one of the
beneficiaries this year and we are only to pay beneficiaries once they meet
their financial obligations. Because you did not pick up the funds on time we
decided to pull back the funds on hold until you were notified about the
payment sent to you .

Western Union is not allowed to make all payment at once to
individuals without
proper identification for security reasons, so you have to make the payment of
$215 USD for purchasing your International Remittance File ( I.R.F)
and opening
of a western union account before the funds can come in from western union,
then you can withdraw all your funds in just 5 mins. Do not get the doubt in
mind about this because this is not a scam and as soon as the payment of $215
USD is confirm, your account will be setup and the details of the account
together with the certificate of ownership will be sent to you and put you as
the receiver ( bearer ) of the funds on how to pick up the money from any
western union office / outlet in your country.

In regards to your mail that was received in this office and was noted, We
received the information you sent to us for the transfer of your fund
valued at
USD$ 200,000.00 on installment daily transfer of $5,000 USD per day. Note
that we will be transferring the fund to you $5000 USD per day as the western
union protocol restricts us from making transfer of fund more than $5000 USD
per day from Africa.

You will not be able to pick this payment up because it has been put
on hold by
the payment supervisor. In accordance to the new rules and regulations of all
the western union money transfer worldwide, you are to make payment for the
swift programming and MTCN transfer tax to your country which will cost you
$215 before the transfer can be released to you for pick up. Bear it in mind
that the fee is not negotiable and we can not release the transfer to
you today
if you did not send the required fee. Be informed that the fee cover for the
transfer of all your fund and not just this first transfer meaning that you
will not be required to pay any fee again for the rest of the transfer. asp/orderStatus.asp?country= global

MTCN : 2623853071
AMOUNT : 5,000.00USD first payment

You can still track online again but we have pick up and keep untile you make
the payemnt.
You are advised to go to the nearest Western Union Money Transfer agent around
you and send the fee immediately because the fee is the only delay for your
fund to be released as the fund is presently on our system. Do send me your
phone number in your next mail for oral directions.

Below is the information you will use to send us the fee of $215 USD Via
western union to our account officer Willson Demond.

Receivers name_____Willson Demond
Receivers Address_____ 231 Herbert Macaulay way
City_______________ Abuja
Country____________ Nigeria
Mtcn Number_____
Amount sent_____
Text Question______ Favorite Colour

After making the payment you are to send payment information and scanned copy
of payment receipt to my email below.

Mr Ken Texman
E-Mail: (
Phone: +234-805 844 8843

As soon as we receive the payment of the $215 USD from you. We will put your
name as the receiver and you will go to any western union and pick up
the money
you are to Fill in the details below for sending payment to you as soon as the
western union account has been setup.

TEST QUESTION: { optional }
ANSWER: { optional }

You can also go to the 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 $215 USD which has already been made ($5,000 USD
)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 $215 USD.

Get back to me via E-Mail: ( with the payment information
once the payment is been done and you can contact me on my direct line if you

Once you send the money, send the payment information immediately for
easy pick-
up and your transfer shall be released in two hours after confirmation of the
payment. We await to receive
the payment information. BE ADVISED ACCORDINGLY.

Mr Ken Texman
Phone Number: +234-805 844 8843

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