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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: "Western Union Pay-out Gold card." <>
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 12:48:05 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Your Card Number is: #-4146650304178790.#

Valued Attention!    

Western Union Money Transfer.  Announced its decision to make an optional repayment of $100,000.00 to each debtor , an account has been opened in your name and the total money keyed in your  Western Union Gold Card Rewards .  Your Western Union Gold Card can be used for cash withdrawals anywhere Visa debit cards are accepted   3,000.00.per day ,even online transfe  ! or just  hand it to the  Western Union Agent clerk to Withdraw cash. Please Visit the https://wugoldcard.

Your Card Number is: 4146650304178790 use it in the 1st time Signing in and clicks proceed to verify the transfer .In addition to the initial activation you will receive your PIN and your  Western Union Gold Card when  the following fees are paid .   

Transaction Fee for purchases with WU  Gold Card
          $ 2.00
Account Administrative Adjustment Fee
        $ 3.00
Western Union Load fee
           $ 4.00
First  PIN selection Activation  fee
        $ 7.00
Priority Shipping Fee
        $ 20.00
Total fee  to send
    $ 36.00
Send by western union Or Money Gram with the Below Informations:
Receiver Name: Ogechukwu Omokwe

Country: Benin Republic

Question: What Color?

Answer: Yellow.
Forard the MTCN   XXX XXX XXXX
Your full name
contact adrrese
PIN# TO Withdrawal
PIN  to  Direct Deposit  #
Gold rewards #  
 Your card # 4146-6503-0417-8790
Maximum Withdrawal per Day
  $    3,000.00
Total  Balance on your Gold Card
  $ 100,000.00

Thank you .

Ganesh Amoorthy.

Contact us at

 Western Union  BENIN - COTONOU .

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