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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Western Union Holdings Inc." <>
Reply-To: "Western Union Holdings Inc." <>
Date: Fri, 25 May 2012 04:12:32 +0100 (GMT+01:00)
Subject: Contact Us for your Compensation

Hello Beneficiary

I am Florent Louis, Western Union/European Union Payout Officer in charge of processing and remitting payment to all Beneficiaries of the European Union Compensation Scheme.We have $1,000,000.00 USD (One million US Dollars) of your compensation funds from the European Union Government (EU).

Please be informed that the funds are coming directly from the European Union (EU) Funds Headquarters in Paris France. It is a Compensation from the European Union (EU) to all Victims of Global financial and Economic Meltdown.

We have been authorize to Transfer your full compensation payment of $1,000,000.00 USD (One million US Dollars) through Western Union Money Transfer.IMPORTANT NOTE: TO START RECEIVING $5000 USD DOLLARS DAILY, AN EUROPEAN UNION (EU) BENEFICIARY REMITTANCE FILE MOST BE OPENED FOR YOU.

You are required to provide these details to enable us proceed with your transfer;Full Names, Country, Occupation and with your direct telephone number, to the contact person below.

Contact Mr. Florent Louis Office for the receiver's information,the MTCN Number and Senders’s Name and Address.

Western Union Payout Officer
Name: Florent Louis
Tel +44 70457 47107

©2012- Western Union Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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