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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: "Hon. (Mrs) Betsy Manpoulimas" <>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 06:52:22 -0500
Subject: Contact Dubai, United Arab Emirates Western Union to pickup your

Attention Beneficiary.

Compliment, We have issued payment authorization order to Western Union
Money Transfer, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) to immediately start
transferring your $5000 twice a day until your total amount of $500.000.00
USD Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars being payment of your
winning compensation/ poverty alleviation progamme from United Nation is
paid in full.

Western Union Dubai United Arab Emirates has taking over the release of
all payment from Contract,inheritance, Lottery Winning prize, Atm Debit
cards. Henceforth commercial banks, Security Companies,ATM Credit,Debit
Union and offshore payment centres are no more authorized to handle
release of funds.

Contact the Western Union Money Transfer DUBAI-UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE)
immediately with the below contact information

Western Union Manager: Jeffrey Lucas Smith
Email:( )
Direct phone line is: +971 551 189 953

We agreed that you will pay $280 to them for authentication Approval
document from the court to enable them release your remaining 4 digits
MTCN to you.

Here is your Payment Information.

MTCN :_______________ 107-893--- #### Tell him to give you the remaining
4 digits
Sender's Name:_________Jeffrey Lucas Smith
Amount Sent___________ $5000.00 USD
Address: Dubai,United Arab Emirates (UAE)

You have just Seven (5) days to process your payment file. send your cell
phone number in your reply to them


Yours in service.
Hon. (Mrs) Betsy Manpoulimas,
Chairperson: Payment Reconciliation Board, UN-IMF

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