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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. Mike Wahah" <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2012 17:25:32 -0400
Subject: Attention Beneficiary:

Attention Beneficiary:

My dear be informed that your fund of one Million Eight Hundred thousand
United State Dollars ($1,800,000.00USD) has been deposited to Western
Union for immediate transfer, The payment will be sent to you installment
by western Union, the amount you will receive per each day is $5,000.00 (
Five thousand Dollars ) The Minister Trust Funds of United Nation will be
sending to you the current standard track details you need to pick up your
($5,000) payment by western union every day till you receive the total
amount of $1,800,000.00 United State Dollars.

The Director administrator trust funds have already signed your payment,
now you are free to contact the western union payment office on this email
( however, kindly
contact the below person
who is in position to release your payment by Western Union per $5,000 a
Contact Person:( Dr.FRED IBE )
Western Union Department Benin,
Mobile:+229-98 299 491

The Western Union Payment Center has been mandated to issue out your
payment and you have to stop any further communication with any other
person(s) or office(s) to avoid any hitches in receiving your payment.Note
that the administrator payment need this details from you to process your

Your full name:_________________________
Your address:__________________________
Your country:__________________________
Your age:_____________________________
Your occupation:_______________________
Your Phone number:____________________

Comply now by asking Dr.FRED IBE your payment MTCN Number because as
soon as you sent this required details to Dr.FRED IBE ,he will start
sending your payment by Western Union.

Mr. Mike Wahah

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