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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: "Mrs.Linda Cole" <>
Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2011 10:12:27 -0500
Subject: Your Payment $4500 twice authorization release order via

western Union Money 
Send Money Worldwide

Hello Fund Beneficiary,

How are you today with your family? This is to officially notify you that our Western Union African Regional operations/ payment reconciliation Committee has reviewed your payment file and issued payment authorization order to the Special Transfer Unit (WU MT-STU)The board ofdirectors has decided to send your $1.850,000.00 USD through western union Money Transfer twice pay day, and $4500 was already been sent today to you buthas not yet upload to your name becayse your payment owner ship file is yet to be re-new. You can check the availability at the Western Union website which is:

Enter our website online ,click(track a transfer) enter the mtcn;(6640576456) put sender first name(Prince)follow by sender second name(Ogbonna) then click (check status) your will see that your first $4500 USD transfer is available for pick up by you,but you can not pick it up until your fund owner ship file certificate is reinstated because the uploaded is yet to be completed to the western union world wide central system for payout to you from your country.

Sowhat you should do is to provide your full information below where we can change and upload the western union information to your name.

(1).Full name,(2)Your address(3) Your correct address(4) your direct Phone to call you when ever payment is made (5) Your id..

Noteyou are to pay $125 for the uploadment to you name before we can complete and release the first $4500 to you, the $125 cannot be deduct Because your total fund is still in anescrow suspend account, So Contact Mr Mkpakala Udo on his Email; and call Phone/  00229 96892185 for the re-uploadment release to you for payout in your country once you have send the renewing fee.

You are advice to provide the above information correctly and ask him to change the western union $4500 MTCN 6640576456 to your correct details immediately after paying the $125 for renewing your fund ownership documents in this office, look you must pay this $125 before he can re-upload your first $4500 to your name so that you can start picking up your transfer today with out any more problem.


Receiver name------- Chiozie Obinna
Location----- Benin
Address-----  BP 105 avenue cotonou.
City-------  Porto-novo
Question---- How long
Answer------------ Immediatley

This is the only official requirements needed to get this concluded so that your transfers will be uploaded to the central worldwide computer system for onward payments of your twice daily transfers of $4500.There is no time to waste, go ahead and clarify with the STU Officer and start receiving your money.

once the require fee is send forward to us the below for proper comfirmation.

Sender name-----------------

Call 0022996892185 immediatley you have send it for immediatley renewiuploadment to enable transfer your second payment.

Yours in service.
Mrs Linda Suru Cole.
Chairperson: Payment Reconciliation Board.

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