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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: westernunion officebenin <>
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2012 21:52:17 +0100
Subject: Attention,

I want to inform you that I spoke with the person in charge of the transaction and she informed me that orders were passed down to hold-on sending you payments as instructed because your file shows that you have not paid the Bond Stamp Duty Fee which is only US$49. As soon as we receive this US$49. from you for the Bond Stamp Duty Fee, i will send your and there will be no problem at all with picking the fund.

You can go ahead and send the US$49. for the Bond Stamp Duty Fee today and get back to me with the payment information through western union so that your fund will be remmitted to you,

Send the money and let me know so that we can send you the first US$6,000 at once. Note that without the required certificate we will not be able to send the money to you so go ahead and send the fee for the certificate to enable this office update your file and start sending your funds to you until your total fund in the amount of ( USD800,000.00) has been sent to you.

MTCN: 8027550337
Sender’s first name: Joseph
Sender's last name: Mercy
Test Question: What
Answer: Who

and this information to send to send our transfer charages which is 97 dollars

Receiver's name: MGBECHI .A. MICHAEL
Country: Benin republic
City: contonou
Text question: GOD IS
Answer: GOOD
Amount: $49 .00
Sender's name:

1. Full Names…………………
2. Contact Address………………
3. Telephone Number……………
4. Fax Number……………………
5. Occupation……………………
6. Country.....................................

Congratulations!! Once again.
Yours in service,
Ernie Shavers
Kindly fill details in the attachment above for your payment claim and contact your agent immediately

Dr Jerry King
Senior Vice President, Benin & CIS
Tell +22998143842
western union money transfer ®

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