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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: Westernunion Account <>
Date: Wed, 9 Mar 2011 15:23:23 -0800 (PST)
Subject: $SENT.


Below is the information of your First payment $6,500 from your total amount of $1.5millionUS dollars. which was deposit here by Rev.Patty L. West, with registration number of : EB-2520.But unfortunately, The Managing Director of this department called us this morning and reported that you have not completed the required fee of $75.00 which you are suppose to pay for the purchase of your inheritance files before the transfer,

However we have already sent out the funds, but not yet been Putting on your name as the receiver. So therefore you are advice to send us the required fee" so that we can purchase your payment inheritance files and put your name on the receiver of the transfer for you to be able to pick up the money. "Send the money with our cashier names.

Below is the information which you will use to send us the fee $75.00 USD via western union or money gram.

Receiver's Name::::::::Nnakee Liknus
Country:::::::::Benin Republic
Text Question:::Payment Center?
Text Answer:::::Western Union.

SENDER NAME.....................

Then after you have made the payment, "you can send the payment information through our email address written below together with your full receiver's name. As soon as we receive the payment of $75.00 USD from you and it's confirm, we will put your name on the receiver of the fund and you will go to any western union and pick up your money.


M.T.C.N: 4788297219
Sender's first name: Steve
Sender's last name: Donald
Amount sent: $6,500

You can log onto our website and track your transfer and see that your money is there but when the information passed to this office, it has to go picked up due needed above fee to redirect the transfer for  easy pick up as to avoid any fraudulent issuer toward it. "Note that within 72hrs more if you do not remit the required $69.00USD the transfer will be retrieve back and remember that the money details given to you does not bear your name as the receiver until you make the charges available to enable you go for pick up, then we will put Your name as the receiver.

Get back to us with the information once you have made the payment. Also you can call Hotline: +229-96466501
 if you have any question.

Waiting on your email once you have made the payment.
Have a good day.
Mr.Ben Joe

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