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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: "Albert Caruana" <>
Date: Sat, 07 Jul 2012 22:43:31 +0300
Subject: you payment is ready to pick up/

Attn; customer

The Management Of Western Union Department have acknowledge the good
receipt of your email with your personal information in regards to the
immediate release of your fund sum of $1.5 million dollars only which
we was instructed by the Minister Administrator Trust Fund Committee
To Transfer to you through this medium of western union money transfer,

However; you should be informed that the Management/Board Members Of
This Western Union has resolved to release your first installment
payment of $5,000.00 usd which sent this morning with this transfer
exclusive details.

Mtcn no#: ???..9261341221
Sender name???.. Joseph Ude
Text question:?..What Color
Amount sent ???.5,000 usd

The payment is available for pick up by receiver destination today:

To confirm your payment online please visit our website

But note that you shall required to come down here to sign the fund
release order documentation before you will be allow to pick up the
$5,000.00 usd from our correspondent western union office in your
country today,

But if due to circumstances that you cannot afford to appear
physically here to sign the fund release order documentation, this
office will grant you a plan to engage in the services of our
financial accredited resident attorneys appointed for this transfer to
sign the paper on your behalf so that you will be able to pick up your
first $5,000.00 in your country today because this transaction
required a very serious legal document and it must be implemented
before we shall carry out the release of your fund today,

Note; if you cannot afford to come down here to sign the documents by
your self then you shall required to pay sum of 98.usd for the
attorney consultation charges and the payment should send to the below
information so as to ensure the immediate release of your 5,000 usd
today being 7th july 2012,

Here is the information where to send the attorney consultation charges,

Reciver?s name / Paul Chidozie
Country / Benin
City / Cotonou
Test Question / What Color
Answer / Blue
Amount / $95. Usd

Kindly follow our instruction because it's our reputation to serve you
better, and get back to us with the Western Union MTCN number.....

Thanks, i await your prompt respond

Best Regards

Dr. Albert Caruana, Managing Director Western Union Department
Tel: +229 99 211 482

This message was sent using IMP, the Internet Messaging Program.

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