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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 Online Payment" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2010 03:09:46 +0200
Subject: Urgent Your Western Union Is Ready For Pick Up


This is to notify you that the management board of the United Nations Compensation Board made a payment of $5000.00 USD to you.

We are mandated to send you the total sum of $800,000 USD through Western Union but, you will be receiving $5000 each day till it will complete $800,000.00usd.

First you have to go ahead and pick up the first payment of $5000 at any western union office clsoe to you with the information given to you below and after doing that get back to Mr. Richard Flemming so he can process and send you the next payment:

Sender's Name: First Name: OPARA Last Name: JUSTINE
MTCN :4920199293
Text Question: who
Answer: Me
Country: Australia
Amount To Receive: $5000

After, picking up the $5000 get back to the officer in charge of this your transaction in person of Mr. Richard Flemming
Contact e-mail:
Tel: +234 705 500 0827.

Mrs. Grace James
Managerment Western Union

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