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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: Mrs Betty Flectcher <>
Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2011 01:03:30 +0900 (KST)
Subject: Pick your money now at Western Union Money Transfer

Attn: Dear,

This is to bring to your notice that my office has taking over all the money Transaction originated from Africa/ Europe and Asia counties etc. as Contract payment, Fund inheritance or Lottery Winning, Atm Debit cards, henceforth commercial banks, Security Companies, Atm Credit and Debit Union including any offshore payment centers are no more authorized to handle release of funds.

We want to inform you that your $5000 has been release today from western union and we want you to contact Rev Luis Zima immediately with this email address ( or phone number( +229 66758789 / +229 99531433)

Here is the information the western union office need from you.

your full name____________

your country_____________

your phone numbers____________

your age_______________

Your occupation_______________

Kindly Contact Western union Agent:


E-mail: (

E-mail: (

Phone: +229 66758789 / +229 99531433

Though, We have sent $5,000.00 in your name today so contact REV LUIS ZIMA and tell him to give you the Mtcn, sender name, question and answer to pick the $5,000.00. He will be sending you $5000 until he finish sending the whole amount to you which is $1.5M USD, One Million Five Hundred Thousands Dollars.

You will pay small amount of money for PIN CODE before you can pick up your money. This is the only charges you have to pay to Western Union for your information.


Mrs Betty Flectcher

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