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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. David Wright." <>
Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2012 21:07:54 +0100 (BST)

Attention Beneficiary,
This message is from Federal ministry of finance office, we are to let you know that We have finally concluded with Financial Bank Benin to release your full compensation payment of $2.5Million US Dollars to you through Western Union and you will be receiving the sum of $7,000.00 us dollars daily and First payment has been sent: MTCN: 4130105692, but your payment file must be renewed before you will be able to pick up your first payment $7,000.00 us dollars today. The Western Union Office stated that you will be receiving your funds at the maximum rate of $7,000.00 us dollars daily until you receive the total sum of $2.5Million US Dollars completely. You are also required to re-confirm the below information to them to avoid any wrong transfer.
Receiver name: ---------
Your full address: ------
Text Question:------
Copy of your id: --------

Now contact Western Union Manager Financial Bank Benin Republic with this below information, they will start sending your fund to you with out any delaying okay.
Contact Manager:-- Mr. Peter Godwin, Western Union Department Financial Bank Benin,
E-mail :---- ( )
Tel: --- +22998422609.

Contact Mr. Peter Godwin immediately through this above email address to pick up your First payment today and let me know when you confirm it call him now Tel: +22998422609.

Best Regard,
Mr. David Wright.

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