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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: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 14:54:02 +0100 (BST)
Subject: PAID FUND-

    Good Morning,   

    My name is Dr. Donnald Williams. I am contacting you because am in charge
    for your outstanding transfer .this is to inform you that It has come to
    the attention of the Treasury department the hindrance on your
    approval transfer, therefore we do everything we can to guarantee swift
    release of your funds to your end within 1 working day either by wire

    Mrs. Ruth Wgary came all the way from canada to claim your fun, she also
    said that you are dead and she has a copy of your passport, Because she has
    heard that today is the last day, she said that you
    are dead please let us know the turth if you are still alive. Please
    convince me now. She said that you died last night. and they are here to
    claim your Atm card. they said that they knew you was going to pay
    $32 to get the fund because you told them something like that before you
    die, i am confused i dont know the right way to follow and the real turth.
    Please reconfirm us your full detail and direct telephone number as soon as
    you are sending us the payment details.

    If i dont please let me know and send the requested fee. If i dont hear
    from you today, then by tomorrow morning i shall let her go with your fund
    to her destination address. please let me know if this is
    true or not as am now and if we do not see your response as soon as
    possible then we will know is true and enrooted you're fund to her address
    in canada.

    ATM card or a check .please note that you need to acts on your party by
    obtain a payment guarantee order with $32.00 (US$) send the money via
    Western union or Money Gram only with the below:

Senders Name----------
Receiver name------GODSON C. OTEH
Country------ Bénin Repiblic
City------ Cotonou
Test question------God is our  
Test answer------Father
Amount------ $32.00 only

    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 ,
    Remittance Department.
    reply to this email :

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