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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:

Date: Sat, 25 Aug 2012 06:51:00 +1200 (NZST)
Subject: DEAR CUSTOMER ,,,

This is to inform you that the higher authorities that is in charge ofinternational transaction has this morning declared that you will receive your$1,800.00Usd,through WesternUnion Money Transfer Only as compensation for your past effort here in BeninRepublic . So the arrangement has been made this morning and the Federal HighCourt of Justice has signed your Western Union Transfer Papers and the onlymoney you will pay is $395. For the signing of it which means your transferwill start tomorrow morning. The daily transfer of your fund is $7.000.00 perday until your total $1,800.00Usd is completely transferred to you.
I am here to swear to you that your first payment of $7.000.00 dailytransfer will be on its way today or latest tomorrow morning once we confirmthe $395 from you which is for the Federal High Court Of Justice Benin Republicsigning of your Western Union Transfer Papers. To show you the truth. Below isthe First transfer payment details which has been insert into our computer..Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN):    3861340020Sender First Name:    CHRISTIAN PAPASender Last Name:    IGBOKWUAmount; 7.000.00Status :Available for pick up by receiverThen we want you to type and click tracking and copysender's first name and last name,you also copy MTCN number and clickcheck status to see that your first transfer of $7.000.00 is available for youbut you will not pick it until you pay the needed fee $395 for the signing of yourWestern Union Transfer Papers by the Federal High Court Benin
Republic. So weare here giving you this Western Union Payment Information for you to send the$395 immediately and your first transfer of the $7.000.00 will be on its wayafter we pick the $395.
1. Receiver Name: =======MR. MICHAEL ONUORAH2. City/Country: ========== Cotonou - Benin Republic .3. Question===========WHEN?4. Answer: ===========ASAP5. Amount: ===========US$3956. MTCN: ===========7. Sender Name========We wait for your mail with the $395 from you and be rest assured that you willreceive your total compensation of $ from us because this isGeneral Western Union Head Office here in Benin Republic . Finally you areadvice to stop emailing any office or department here in Benin Republic untilyou receive your full compensation from us; this is for your security. WesternUnion Head Quarter Benin Republic .General Manager MR. RICHARD WALTER.Email:$ Compensation from Benin Republic ..

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