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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: "Mr.Jean Musa." <>
Date: Tue, 7 Feb 2012 15:56:33 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: MTCN:=========== 005-876-6817


I write this to inform you that we have sent your first payment of $
5,000.00 USD today to address, through Western Union as we received the mandate
to transfer your sum total of all compensation (two million dollers STATE- USA),
via Western Union, by the authorities (IMF / Senators COMMITTEE OF PAYMENT

Meanwhile, the first transfer of $ 5,000.00 USD was sent to you and I have
listed the information below so you can pick it pament First, to enable us send
another USD $ 5000.00 tomorrow, as you know that we will only send you $
5,000.00 USD per every two days.Note: You need to contact Mr. Anthony Robert STU
Director of the Department WESTERN UNION payment in the Republic of Benin, with
costs to enable the release of valuable information for you to pick your first
payment of any Western Union in your country, because there is already
transferred your first payment of $ 5,000.00 USD, but it Was put on hold due to
the validation costs $ 45.00USD, and try to call you immediately e-mailed

Name of Director: Dr. Robert Anthony
Email Address: (   
 telephone number +229 99 88 3009
Here are the details of payment
Western Union to collect the $ 5,000.00 USD. Once you send the cost of
validation, then released on informationto so you can go to any western union
and pick up your money immediately.

Payment information,

MTCN:=========== 005-876-6817
Name of sender: =========???
Question: ========= validation
A: =========== costs
Amount sent
=========== $ 5000.00USD
Country: =========== Republic of

Suer do you follow up the investigation of Western Union by sending the $
45.00USD so they will give you valuable information to collect your first
payment of $ 5.000USD, send them the validation costs $ 45.00USD with this
information below.
1. Name of recipient: ======= Peter Ejike
2. City
/ Country: ========== Cotonou - Benin Republic.
3. Question ===========
4. Answer: ============ today
5. Amonut: ============ $
6. MTCN: =============
7. Sender's name ========

Thank you, thank you s much for your cooperation.

Yours in service,
Mr. John Musa.
(Supervisor of Western Union in
Benin Republic)
Regulated by the delivery services of the Authority.

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