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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. John Addey" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2012 08:08:43 +0100
Subject: PICK UP YOUR $5000 WITH THIS MTCN 0279698444

Attention Beneficiary $4.5 Million USA Dollars,

We the IMF Benin have agreed that your compensation $4.5 Million USA Dollars will be transfer to you through Western Union daily $5000 till you get your $4.5M USD Completed.

We have already sent $5000 to you today which the information is below and you can track it through our website to see that the money is ready to pick up by your name.
MTCN#: 0279698444
Sent by: John Addey
Country: Benin
Amount sent: $5000
Test Question: In God?
Answer: We Trust

So contact Mr. Peter Moore with this information below to pick up your first payment.

Mr. Peter Moore
Phone: +229 98257795
E-mail: ( )

Note that you will pay them only $95 for Clearance of your fund from IMF before they can release your $5000. So go to any Western Union office near you and send them $95 for the Clearance of your fund from Benin IMF with this information below.

ANSWER----- ----95 DOLLARS

We would have deducted the money from your fund but due to your fund is under security account we can not be able to deduct the fund from your total fund and also be advice that as soon as you send the money with this information above, you will pick up your money immediately.

Mr. John Addey.

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