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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: Western Union Payment <>
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 06:49:10 +0800 (SGT)

Address: No. 5 Western Avenue Cotonou,
West Africa, Republic Du' Benin
Tel: (+229)

Dear: Customer,

Information reaching us from our corporate
headquarters here in Porto -
Novo, the capital state of Benin Republic, states that you
only have 48hours to effect your payment for the updating of your mtcn#
number to enable you cash up your first $6000 from your
total fund of ( seven hundred thousand united state dollars) since you are
finding it difficult to make this payment we have decided that you are to go
ahead and pay whatever you have  out of the total fee of $200 required for
the updating fee since you are not able to come up with the required charge. But
mind you, no amount below $50 will be accepted so we expect you to pay whatever
amount from $50 and above. You are to pay what ever you have for the updating
fee and we will activate your mtcn# number upon receipt of this

Be informed that you will have to pay the balance fee of your updating
upon cashing up of your first $6000 also i am using this medium to inform you
that failure to pay the balance charge will leave us with no option but to
deactivate your mtcn# number of which you will and can never cash up the balance
fee, i want you to send the updating and activation fee with the information


Nkechikwulu C.

Cotonou / Benin

Text Question: Transfer
Code ?

Answer: 001


Please any amount you send let us know but
remember what so ever amount below $50 will not be accepted. You can send us the
payment informations immediately you send the money. Immediately we confirm the
activation fee we will send you the first receipt of your $6000 at the same day.
Regards Mr. Zaki
Roman from western union money
transfer office Porto-Novo Benin

In addition to this, we have decided to compensate our entire client due
to their inability to pay the requested fee from the authorities, the
compensation started this morning and it will end on 15ocotober2011 by reducing
the high cost to low amount.

As the matter of fact, the transferring fee and
all cost requested from the authorities has been cut down to any amount as you
can afford and that is only money you have to pay to receive your payment
because the transferring of your funds were approved and signed as well and we
do contacted you today for your immediate attention over it.

Note that anything that
has the beginning is also has the end in that case, first come first

Western Union Money
Transfer Service Office.

You are entitle to
receive your payment today if you do send the money today as well. And please
use the code: 001 to indicate this very office the code is given to you and used
as the subject of the message to you. Any message you receive claiming to have
any of transfer to you without this very identifying code, bewear the mail is
not from us and we don't mind if you forward this across to us for more

We are waiting to hear from you today with the fee to enable this
department to release your payment immediately.

Look forward for your
anticipated response.

ZAKI. Transfer
Email(  )
Tel: (+229) 


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