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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: Tony Obie <>
Date: Wed, 2 Nov 2011 15:43:05 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: pick up your frist payment of $5000.00

Attention: E-mail owner,

this compsaction is for all the scam victim pas years 2001- 2011,it from (I.M.F) accoding to them,they said that your e-mail address was foundas as one of those that pas, through scame victim,and your own fund was depositeded in our office here in benin to transfer to you through western union money transfer.

We have concluded to effect your payment via Western Union Money Transfer,$5,000 twice daily untilthe total sum of $900,000.00 which we were mandated by the IMF to transfer to you is completelytransferred.

We now needed your information as to where we will be sending the second payment to you,suchas; Receivers name (Your full information),lik full name,address, phone number,and country.

finerly,your frist payment as been sent to you,we sent it with your e-mail address,so we are advise you to go and pick it up,in any Western union around your city,but try comply back with full information,because we can not send you ,your second payment through e-mail address again,for your information here is our officerl e-mail address(

here is the bellow information which you will use to pick up your frist payment of $5000.00,again try to given us call once you pick up your frist payment,so we send you another $5000.00,due to that we are mandate to transfering your fond two wise daly.

here is the bellow infor;

Sender's Name:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Johnbosco Osita

MTCN: ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,9541373653

Text Question:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,God

Text Answer: ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Saves


Tony Obie Director


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