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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: Office File <>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2011 17:15:12 +0530 (IST)
Subject: This is in acknowledge to your payment Date: 23/09/2011

Union®Welcome to
Western Union

Location western union money
Po box
6992 greenwood village, co 80155-6992
Cotonou, Benin Rep
No;+229, 66044745
is in acknowledge to your payment Date: 23/09/2011

We 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 below:
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 fund)-

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-

the below receiver details to send the $70 through Western

Receiver: Mrs.Thelma N.Chuba
Test Question:
Answer: Re-instatement
Location: Cotonou Benin Republic
Amount: $70.00
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 daily.
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
66044745. for immediate

MTCN 10 Digit Number:
Full Sender Name

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

Reply to confirm receipt of this

Yours in service.
Dr .Dean Johnson
Director,WUMT Benin HQ.

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