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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: andy bes <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 25 May 2012 13:32:11 +0000

I want you to be informed that your first payment of $5,000. has been sent to you and the payment is currently available to pick up by you but the western union over there in your country can not pay you the money due to an instruction from IMF Office (International Monetary Fund) they told us to put the money on hold,so that you may not by any chance pick the fund until you fulfill the necessary financial obligations for the transfer of your funds and send the $95. 00 as it cannot be deducted from your principal fund due to the sensitive nature of the transfer of your funds and the comprehensive insurance cover against lost on transit which will help to avoid anybody else having any access to your total funds $1.3M usd until it is completely sent to you;
The IMF and United Nations authority FINANCIAL SUPERVISION Team instructed us the western union here to hold the fund so that you can not pick the money until you pay the transfer charges of your funds And the IMF further declared that immediately you send the $95. 00 then the first $5,000 will be released to you to pick the money and for us to continue the transaction. Now,for you to confirm the payment. Here is the payment information's of the $5,000. we sent to you to day.
Contact Director Western Union:Mr.Stanley Attah.Email:(
The payment is currently avaliable to pick up by you.
Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN) 9261341221Sender First JosephSender Last Name: UdeMTCN===========9261341221QUESTION========IN GODANWSER=======WE TRUSTAmount=========$5,000.00 USD
So for you to confirm the payment. Track the fund online and see that the $5,000. is avaliable to pick up by receiver. But you can not pick it due to the above reason/s. Please be informed that we can not release the transfer without you having fulfilled all your financial obligation/s as required by the International Monetary Fund(IMF).Therefore, you need to pay the transfer charges of your funds as instructed by the IMF which will cost you $95. 00 only. Please, I will advise you to make this payment so that we the western union will release your fund today.So kindly send the $95. 00USD. through western union money transfer with this information's BELOW;
Furthermore,the total amount to be transferred to you from this office is $1.3m,000 instructed by Mr.JOHN MIKE from the Ministry of Finance Cotonou-Benin Republic.THANKS the MANAGEMENT OF WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER COTONOU,BENIN REPUBLIC.
RegardMr.Andy Bes.
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