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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: "Dr. Ronald Williams." <>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2011 15:51:08 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Outstanding funds

Dear Sir;   

This is in response to file passed to us from the highest authorities / bodies Clarification Departments Benin. The specified file has been certified for transfer of your outstanding funds 200.000.00 as agreed and approved. I must tell you that we are ready to deliver the transfer as you wish as soon as you have sent the requested debt reconciliation fee as have explained to you .

We have sent a telex activation signal base on the pressure we are having due to insufficient funds to making sure all beneficiary received their payment, so we will advice you urgently comply with our  instruction to avoid the cancellation of  the transfer  and using the  fund to pay other . please note that you need to acts on your party by obtain a payment guarantee order with $30.00 (US$) send the money via Western union or Money Gram only with the below:

Receivers name: Godson C. Oteh
Question: What For?
Answer: Fee
Country: Benin Republic
City state: Port Novo
Zip code 229.
Confirm the MTCN .... and the senders name ....
Amount: $30.00 (US$)

Forward us the payment details, MTCN. And we will perform our obligation of getting the fund to your location upon receiving your order and the fee, if you dont send this fee today, your fund will belong to our government.

Waiting to hear from you soon.
Wishing you the best ,
Dr. Ronald Williams..
Remittance Department.
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