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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: "Remitt@Western Union Office" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2011 13:23:54 +0530 (IST)
Subject: Your Fund release $4500 payout MTCN available for pick up:

Union®Welcome to
Western Union

Location western union money
Po box 6992 greenwood village, co
Cotonou, Benin Rep
Telephone No.+229,
Fax. No;+229, 99674539
is in acknowledge to your payment Date: 20/09/2011

received an authourization order from the payment recoincilliation Board
to transfer your inheritance fund of $1.850,000.00 usd through our
special transfer system and you are required to re-instate your payment
file from the STU office. This resolution takes effect
immediately and you are to send your re-instatement official charge of
$70.00 to the bursary department for onward processing and
uploadment of your daily transfers of $4500 twice daily until
your part payment of $1.850,000.00 usd is paid in full and your
first payment have been send today.
Note, the first payment
has been generated and the MTCN is stated below ( but it have not yet
been uploaded completle to the western union central system for payout
to you so that is why You can not pick it up unstill your payment
instatement file is renew.

MTCN 10 DIGIT:  763-024-0543

Vist our website
and track your transfer online on your personal computer as insructed
Enter our website online ,click(track a
transfer) enter the mtcn;(7630240543) put sender first
name(LAWRENCE)follow by sender second name(IGBANUGO) then
click (check status) your will see that your first $4500
transfer is available for pick up by you.but you can not pick it up
because the uploaded is yet to be completed to the western union world
wide central system for payout to you from your

 Now you are required to re-instate your payment
folder from STUW office before this transaction can be uploaded to the
central system for you to start picking up your patment

Also, because of the numerous problems that has made
transfers from this part of the world almost impossible, the US Embassy
in collaboration with the CBS and Committee of Afrique Finance Ministers
reached an agreement with the STU department to pay you in full as soon
as your payment file is re-instated with us. Be rest assured that you
will receive your total inheritance money through our special package
and you are advised to send the required re-instatement charges
immediately through Western Union on the information contained in the
payment advice below-

Use the below receiver details to send
the $70 through Western Union.

Receiver: Mrs. Kingsley
Test Question: For
Answer: Re-instatement
Cotonou Benin Republic
City:  Cotonou
This is the only official requirements needed
and you are given a mandate of 4 days to get this concluded call +229
9689 2185 this office on the payment information so that your transfers
will be uploaded to the western union central worldwide computer system
for onward payments of your daily transfers of $4500 twice
Once the fee is sent do reconfirm to us your correct
receiving details such as your present addres direct phone numberto
avoid any mistake on the uploadement payout, forward to me the below
details for proper verification and Call +22996892185. for immediate

MTCN 10 Digit Number:
Full Sender

Your fund is still there so please hurry up so that you
will pull it out today okay i await you with the payment

Reply to confirm receipt of this mail.

Yours in service.
Dr Anderson D Jose
STU Director,WUMT Benin HQ.

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