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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: Western Union Pay-out Gold card <>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 12:31:04 +0100 (BST)
Subject: W. U. Gold Card will be Change to Mrs. Jeky Eddys this morning if there is no good response.

Dear Sir ,

Please note that we provide a 100% guarantee receipt of your transfer because we have perfectly carried out the process.  Please note that Mrs. Jeky Eddys came to our office this morning and bring this picture attchement that i send to you that you are dead that the picture is your burial ceremony picture that they are here with the $36 that you told them about this fund, Please let us know if this is turth. We are only happy if you are happy in same case we know how much it means to you and understand the problem you have encounter in the wholeprocess.

There is no additional cost, the only fee we are charging you is $36 prior to delivery, we will be able to deliver your transfer as soon as the service fee is paid and it will arrive faster .Once again we are so sure of you receiving your transfer to your designated without any further delay, extra fee or any. Send the fee by western union or money gram with the below information:

RECEIVER NAME...  Ogechukwu Omokwe
CITY...  COTONOU .Add    :    NO 11 Missebo mtk Cotonou -Benin.
TEXT QUESTION... what colure    TEXT ANSWER...  Yellow
Amount  $36.
And let us know my conformation the MTCN ?

Thank you as I wait your respond.
Ganesh Amoorthy.
Contact us at
Western Union  BENIN - COTONOU .

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