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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 <>
Reply-To: WesternUnion <>
Date: Sat, 19 May 2012 18:00:43 +0800 (SGT)



I want to inform you that we have already sent you $5000.00 US Dollars through Western union as we have been given the mandate to transfer your full over due payment total sum of $1.5m USD, via western union by the Ministry of Finance. I tried reaching you on phone to give you all the information on phone but I couldn't get through yesterday, So I decided to
email you the MTCN and sender name so that you can pick up the $5000.00 to enable us send another $5000.00 today as you know we will be sending you $5000.00 only per day. And it was agreed that you will pay the transfer
clearance certificate which sum of $80 before the release of the payment to you, take note of this that you will pay the $80.00 before picking up your first payment.

Please pick up this information and locate any western union around to pick up the $5000.00 and call the Operation Manager Mr. Benlly Dues because he is the person in charge of your payment, and he can send you another payment
today once you contact him, phone line Call +229 99 38 68 74 E-mail:( or( him once you picked up the $5000.00 today.

Below is the western union information to pick up the $5000.00; which you will be receiving daily after you sent them their transfer clearance certificate of $80 and it will serve as re-confirmation of your payment file in their office.

Here is the Senders Information;
Money Transfer Control Number (M.T.C.N):9261341221
Senders First Name: Joseph
Senders Last Name: Ude
Amount :$5000.00
Question:In God
Answer:We trust
Website; track it and be sure ok.

They will be waiting to hear from you with the transfer clearance certificate payment of $80.00 today;And you can use this below information to
send the transfer charges today.
Receiver Name....Okafor Sunday
Country------Benin Republic
Your. City-----Cotonou
Amount---------$80.00 usd
Your. Answer-----TODAY
Sender's Name----

Be advice that $80 transfer clearance certificate is compulsory as they told me that is the only money you will pay until you receive your payment completely. Endeavor to E-mail your direct telephone number because you will call once the payment information is sent to you.

MR Benlly Dues
Email; (
Phone;+229 99 38 68 74

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