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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: Mark Mee <>
Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2011 08:15:26 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Payment Has Been Send : MTCN: 374-214-8530 Call Now

Happy New Year My Dear


This Message is from (I.M.F) and Federal Ministry of Finance,This is to let you know that After the board meeting held at our headquarters yesterday,Your cheque has been cashed and the first $7,000 was sent today.We have concluded to release and effect your payment through western union $7,000 daily until the $900.000.00 is completed.the information are below:First Payment has been send : MTCN:374-214-8530 NOTE;this payment was directed to be made available in your name but you have to re-new your Payment file with the Western union as to enable them purchasing your transfer file to prevent illegal transfer before
you pick it up.we instructed the western union office to keep sending you $7,000.000 daily until the payment of $900.000.00 is completed,again re-confirm your address to them by avoid sending it to wrong person so that they will be sure;

Sender Firs Name; Onochie
Sender Last Name: Gabriel
Track your payment on the

Contact Person Mr.Tony Hubert of Westen Union Agency if any problem to enable him issue to you the text question and answer so that you can pick up the amount,below email is his email address:/EmailAddres( your Telephone number and address so that he will be sure.TAKE NOTE:that because of internet hackers we ask the Western Union office not to mark the payment paid yet until you re-new and purchasing your transfer file so once you have track the payment and confirm it from your local western union feel free to call Mr Tony Hubert on his Direct Line +229-66 044 745 Currently IMF is giving out special grant on Economic empowerment program to selected corporate entities and Charitable organizations around the globe for the outstanding role and tangible performance in area of eradicating poverting and industrial empowerment.Call Mr Tony Hubert on his direct Line once you forward your details +229-66 044 745

Dr Tony Hubert,
IMF Grant Unit
Western Union Tel Phone:+229-66 044 745
Mark Mee

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