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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. Greg Johnson" <>
Date: Fri, 13 May 2011 17:53:25 +0400
Subject: Ajouter un drapeau =?UTF-8?Q?=C3=A0=20ce=20mail=20=24=31=30=2C=30?= =?UTF-8?Q?=30=30=2E=30=30usd=20AS=20PART=20PAYMENT=20FOR=20THIS=20QUARTER?= =?UTF-8?Q?=2E=7D=20through=20Western=20Union=20been=20your=20over=20due?= =?UTF-8?Q?=20CONTRACT/INHERITANCE=20funds=2E?=

Valued attention,

We write to inform you that you will receive the sum of $5,000.00usd (Five
Thousand US Dollars) for 2 Days {$10,000.00usd AS PART PAYMENT FOR THIS
QUARTER.} through Western Union been your over due CONTRACT/INHERITANCE
Please note that a pending credit for $27 appears on your financial
account ,to complete the transfer process you need to send the fee by
western union or by money gram, And you are require to send the requested
fee with the below details:

1.RECEIVER NAME---Kelvin O. Omokwe
3.CITY---COTONOU .Add :--NO 123 SEGBEYA cotonou -Benin.
5.TEXT QUESTION--what colure
6.TEXT ANSWER---white

As soon as you send it do reconfirm the bellow information:
Your mobile phone.................
Receivers first name.................
Receivers second name.....................
Country....................... .....
and the MTCN..........of the fee sent.

This will enable us automate your name and the information as the rightful
beneficiary to receive this payment and simultaneously make your MTCN's
valid for the total withdrawals of your funds. i.e. you will use the MTCN
to be released to you subsequently on a daily basis to pick up the cash
{$5,000.00usd} from any western union in your country according to our
normal payment schedule once we have confirmed your information and the
account screening and security deposit fee $27 .

Please note that this payment has been successfully keyed !awaiting the
above information to permit the automatically receipt of the MTCN's .
Thanks for your understanding as we believe this is in order.

Waiting to hear from you soon.

Greg Johnson
International Settlement Dept.
west Africa Benin Republic

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