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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: "Mr. GREG JOHNSON" <>
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 13:49:10 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Your pending transfers respond prompt.

Compliments and Greetings,    

This is an official notification of the availability of your full entitlement valid $200.000.00 united states dollars which has not been affected due to official negligence. This transfer has been held pending and its original account suspended pending when the benefactor provided the TAX clearance document .but the impostors who are operating in syndicates all over the world today are misled and misguided you about the position of your fund with the sole aim of exporting money from you that explain why you have not receive the payment up-to-date.

However, you are advised to immediately reconfirm your telephone and currant contact/ payment receiving details to this e-mail address
( ) .You will receive your payment by: (1) By wire transfer direct to your nominated bank account. (2). Issuing you ATM CARD (3) or by drawing a cashiers cheque payable in your name, with strict procedures of the International funds transfer rules and regulations in
avoidance of unhealthy intents and unnecessary delay.

So, let us know which of option you like to receive your monies .But before we proceed, you are required to make a payment of the Non-resident
tax clearance of $30 only as the authorities demand which is described as selective payment to enable us effect maximum clearance on your file and automate your full information on the transfer script text to ensure that the payment reach your hand on time through a legal secure way from the exact time frame we initiate our service if you accurately furnished us with our requirement as instructed.

It is mandatory that you will send the fee via western union only to Provide the Non-resident tax with the below information

Senders Name-----
Recivers name---- Kelvin O. Omokwe
Destination country --- Benin Republic
City and state -- Cotonou
Zip code --- +229
Question----What Color?

As soon as you send the money, kindly forward the MTCN to me/ attachement of the western union only.

Note that we have no legal right to deduct or add to the value of your funds because your payment has already been keyed into the system for final
transfer, thus the compliance with this condition this payment will  reach you within 24 banking hour or less.

Yours faithfully,
Dr. Greg Johnson
International Clearing House West Africa- BENIN
Affiliate to the World Association of Debt Management.

Attention Please,    Inheritance fund using your name as directed to us by the aproval.
This is a officially inform you that your inheritance fund which have been delayed by individuals officials to transfer in your account has finally been approved to transfer by the bank of america and the bank board of directors.  We happily announce to you this 2010 that your fund will be transfered into your fund into your account this morning there in your country.  there are 3 options to transfer your fund in your account.  and the total sum of amount that will transfer into your account is $ million United states dollars.
 (1.). If you have bank account with the bank of America in your state or country,  you have to forward your account details and your home address direct telephone numbers and pay $52 for the transfer charges.     
(2). If you dont have bank account with the bank of america in your country or state, you have to forward your account details your home address direct telephone numbers and pay $62 for the transfer charges and to open a Non Resident Account.  
(3).  If you dont have account any where, we will send you a confirmable ATM card /Cashier Cheque, you will use to withdraw your money in any atm machine in any part of the world, but the maximum is  five thousand ($5,000)Dollars Per-Day.  you have to forward your home address and your direct telephone number and the delivery charges of $54.
 Please kindly reconfirm us your full details below:

1. Full Names:------------
2. Residential Address:---------
3. Phone Number:--------
4. Fax Number:----------
5. Occupation:--------
6. Sex:---------
7. Age :--------
8. Nationality:------
9. Present Country:-----
   This fee is  for the transfer charges or Courier delivery charges in any way you chooses , this service is mandatory that you will send the service fee  in any way you choses using the below information via western union only with the below information .   
Senders Name-----
Recivers name---- Anthony Udeh
Destination Country --- Benin Republic
City and state -- Cotonou
Zip code --- +229
Question----What Color?
For the urgent payment, you  have to kindly contact me back so that we can proceed  and know your choice, forward us all your details in any way you want to receive your fund.  May Almight Allah Bless you.
Waiting to hear from you soon  
Best Regards,
Dr. Micheal Sampson

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