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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: "W U OFFICE" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 4 Apr 2011 00:49:06 -0700

Tel: (00229) 98 119021 / Fax: (+229) 21038104

Good Day!!!!

Please if you really want your fund to be pick up to you without delay, Kindly go and send only $50 because there is no time to delay regarding the transfer of this your Fund, it is good to be good, the lord said that many are called but few are chosen, do listing to anything that I told you because it must surely come to happen, Are you ready to pick up this $5000.00 sent today. We have concluded to effect your payment through western union $5000.00 daily until the sum $800.000.00 is completely transferred

Meanwhile, I am Mrs. Love kofi we have transfer your first payment this morning. Contact Western union Payment and Release order Mrs. Blessing Paul to pick up this $5000 now: TEL: +22998119021 Email
You should be wondering why am telling you all this, and I pray that you should get what ever things you want and God shall supply all your need as stated by his riches in glory. Go ahead to send the money $50 only, it is only this $50 holds your fund to be set free to you in your country ,Because I have make all the necessary arrangement to set your fund free $800,000.00 used to you, I can not deceive you at all because of $50 but am only telling you the truth because my Bible say that I am the truth and the life and also "he emphasis that only truth can save, that is the reason why I keep on telling you to go and send the money and receive your fund,

Here is the payment information which you will use to send the $50.00 immediately below is.
Receive Name: blessing Paul
Country: Benin Republic
City: Cotonou,
Text Q: in whom we trust?
Answer: in God.
Amount: $50.00
Senders Name...
Mtcn Number...

Do not worry about, everything is getting to be ok!
We are waiting to receive the information as soon as possible.
Yours in service Mrs. blessing Paul
Federal western union Federal republic of Benin

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