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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: "Mrs. Lynne Ugo." <>
Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2012 12:05:56 +0300
Subject: From western union pick up your $5000 today.

Attn : now we have arranged your payment of ($2.8million) two million
eight hundred thousand united state dollars in atm payment card to be
sent to you through western union money transfer payment: Your payment
will sending to you by western union, the amount you will receive per
day is $5,000 The minister trust funds of Benin Republic will send you
the currently standards track details you need to pick up your
($5,000) payment by western union, you will receive every day till you
receive the $2.8million united state dollars, now no need to send you
this atm card because you acan not be able to withdraw the atm card
due to the atm master card contain large money on it.

The director administrtor trust funds have already signed your
payment, now you are free to comply with wemaco payment office on this
however, kindly contact the below person who is in position to release
your payment by western union per $5,000 a day.

conact person.
Mr Frank Thomas.,
Tel: +229 99967096.

The Atlantic 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 payment:

Receiver name-----------------
Test question-----------------

Comply now because as soon as you sent this required details to Mr Dan
Clinton he will start sending your payment by western union department..

Mrs. Lynne Ugo.

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