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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. David peter" <>
Date: Sat, 12 May 2012 07:27:06 +1200 (NZST)
Subject: Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN) 1536432755

Address: Plot 1261, Adeola Hopewell
Street CO/B/REP,
Republic Of Benin.
Tele:  ( +229
66519968 )

Sequel to the meeting held today with United States Government, through
Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Government have warn you to
stop further communication/dealing with any banks that have no website due to
fraud going on  worldwide. Any banks that is contacting you without website is
scam. Please view our website now:
The United States Government instructed us to be paying you via western
union to you under installment of Five Thousand Dollars daily till the amount is
completely paid to you, we have transferred your first installment payment today
for your pick-up at any western union worldwide, but still on-hold due to none
Federal Bureau of Investigation Clean Bill of Transfer Document in your payment
file, which will cost you ($85.00) You are require to pay before your daily
transfer will be made available to you today.
Track your first payment online now using senders first name and last name
as directed below:
Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN) 1536432755
Sender First Name:James
Sender Last Name:Eyora

Track your first installment of Five Thousand Dollars daily online now,
You are requiring paying for Federal Bureau of Investigation Clean Bill of
Transfer Document fee to Mr. Marcel Owurah. and send copy of your international
passport which you will use to pick up your daily $5,000.00 in your
Receiver's Name:   Marcel Owurah
City;            Cotonou
Text Question:      In God?
Answer:        We Trust
Amount:                $85.00 Dollars Only.
SENDER NAME::::::::::::::::::::::?
Our customer care service will call you as soon as possible to enable you
pick up your daily $5,000.00 in your country. As soon as we receive the MTCN of
Federal Bureau of Investigation Clean Bill of Transfer Document of ($85.00) for
security and safety purpose, I have sent your daily $5,000.00 today and you can
pick up the money at any Western Union worldwide.
Sincerely Regards,
Mr. David peter
Western Union Payment Officer
Direct Tel:( +229
66519968 )
further information, please call +229 66519968  Copyright *
2003 Western Union Holdings, Inc. Restrictions and Special Notes Money transfers
sent to BENIN must include a Test Question. Payee must present correct Money
Transfer Control Number (MTCN) and a valid ID to collect. US Dollars payouts are
subject to availability.  FEXCO/Western Union Ireland is regulated by the
Financial Regulator © Western Union - Money Transfer Built by

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