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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:

Reply-To: Benin Republic Western Union <>
Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2011 09:43:14 +0200 (SAST)
Subject: Mery Christmas !!!!

How are you today?
I am Mr FRANK BEN the director of foreign activity of the UK BARCLAYS BANK . I write to inform you that we have already sent you $ 5,000 USD through Western Union as we have been given the mandate by th UN and tha ECOWAS to transfer your full compensation payment total sum of $ 1,500,000 USD via western union of the Benin Republic. However you will receive every week a sum of $ 5,000 USD. In the meantime here are the informations of your first payment :

MTCN: 2933450367
Sender name: AHOUANSOU Alain

Therefore you need to contact Mr Alao SIKIROU the general manager of the Benin Republic Western Union for him to give you the transfer payment information such as text question and answer so that you can be able to pick up your fund.

Manager:::: Mr Alao SIKIROU
Phone line:::: +229-980-649-21

Do not forget to furnish him with the below data:

1. Your full Names: ...................
2. Your current cell phone Number: ............
3. Your City: ..........................
4. Your: Country: ........................
5. Your Current Age and Occupation: ...........

Please try to contact him today for him to forward the payment information to you remember to indicate the registration code of AX231DAWU to him when e-mailing or calling him.

Do get in touch with me once you have got the transfer.

Direction of foreign activity of the UK Barclays Bank.
Phone line: +447035956594
Mery Christmas !!!!

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