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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:

Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2011 09:22:26 +0530 (IST)
Subject: MTCN : 9103694204 TO PICK UP YOUR $5000.00 OK


This is to inform you that this office was instructed to pay your fund $2.5Million  U.S.A Dollars by America security leading team and America representative embassy between now until end of June 2011 per day you will receive the sum of $5,000 Dollars,

However be informed that we have send the sum of $5000 Dollars this morning to avoid cancellation of your payment you have only four hours to call this office upon the receipt of this email the maximum amount you will be receiving per day starting from today is $5000 in three different payments and the Money Transfer Control Number of today is below. CLICK TRACKING
Sender First Name:----Norm Straley
MTCN NUMBERS:----9103694204
Amount: USD$6,000.00

Once again be advice to reconfirm your information such as;


Again You are required to send us $100.00 only and this fee will be used to allow us Renew your payment file so that you can ba able to pick up your $6,000.00 today without more delaying,

We will put your name as the receive'e name as soon as we recieve the $100.00 for the renew of your payment file.You know we can not jsut Western union your first payment without renewyour payment file because the amount wchich has been madated to be sending to you is too big and we can not do anything untill we recieve our fee for the renewal of your said payment fil.  below is the information where you can send us the fee to allow us release of your payment immediately.

Receiver Name:::::::::::::::: Mr Okechukwu Chibike
Country::::::::::::::::  Benin Republic
City::::::::::::::::  Cotonou
Address::::::::::::::::  St, Peter & Paul Road Cotonou Benin Republic.
Text Question:::::::::::::::::  How Long?
Answer::::::::::::::::  Today
Amount:::::::::::::::::  $100usd
Sender's Name.::::::::::::::::  

Furthermore you advised to call us as the instruction was passed that within 10 hours without hearing from you. Count your payment cancelled. Number to call is below listed Manager Director Office   Dr.Simeon Miracle of release order: +229-98746691 .E-mail addresses  Thanks and my regards DR.JOHN WILLIAM,

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