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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: Dr Stanley Brown <>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2011 02:50:09 -0700 (PDT)

Dear Friend,

I'm writing this to inform you that we have sent your first payment of $5,000.00USD today to your address,through Western union as we have been given the mandate to transfer your full compensation payment total sum of (TWO MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLERS) via western union,by the Authorities of (IMF/SENATORS COMMITTEE OF FOREIGN PAYMENT).

Meanwhile,The first transfer of $5,000.00USD was sent to you and I have listed the (MTCN)and sender's name, so that you can pick up this first payment,to enable us send another $5,000.00USD Next Tomorrow, as you know that we will be sending you only $5,000.00USD for every two two days.

Please note that the transfer charges of that $5,000.00USD is $95.00USD,so contact DR.Kiki Raymond,the director of western union payment department in Republic of Benin, with the fee,to enable him release the secret code for you to pick up your first payment now, from any western union in your country, because there already transferred your first payment of $5,000.00USD, but it Was placed on hold due to the activation Fee of $95.00USD,and try to call him immediately you sent email to him.

Director Name; DR Kiki Raymond,
Telephone Number is: 00229-98296532
Email Addres:(

Try to update me once you pick up your money, Here is the western union payment details to pick up the $5,000.00USD, once you send the activation Fee,then he will release the code for you, To enable you go to any western union and pick up your money immediately.

Payment Informations,
MTCN: _______________5929755873
Sender's Name: _________Greg Fisher
Text Question: __________transfer
Answer: _______________Immediately
Amount Sent___________$5000.00USD
Country: _______________Republic of Benin

I will be waiting to hear from you once you pick up this $5,000.00USD,
Try your best and follow up the western union instruction by sending the $95.00uSD so that they will give you the code to pick up your first payment of $5.000USD,send them the activation Fee of $95.00USD,via this information below.

Receiver Name:...Stanley Omatah
Text Question:....Very
Answer: ........Urgent
country:.....Benin Republic
Amount:.....$95.00USD only.

Thank you very much for your co-operation.

yours in service,
Dr Stanley Brown.

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