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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, 20 Aug 2011 13:23:53 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Tax

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 wiretransfer 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 48 banking hour or less.

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

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