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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, 15 Sep 2012 17:29:57 -0700 (PDT)

I am Mr.Jack Johnson a computer scientist working with Western union money transfer Authority of Benin Republic. I just started work with Western union, and I came across your file which was marked X and your released disk painted RED, I took time to study it and found out that you have paid much fees, but the fund was not released to you, as I was going through your file I got your email address and I decided to contact you.

The most annoying thing is that they won't tell you the truth that on no account will they ever release the fund to you, instead they will allow you to spend money unnecessarily, I do not intend to work here all the days of my life, As it is stands now I have marked the disk blue and only money you will send now is to reactivate your account and it will cost you $65.00usd only.

Meanwhile I told our general attorney and I also show him your file marked red before he told me to mark it blue, he was very angry with our officials today and promised that with $65.00usd you will start to receiving your money from tomorrow morning so do not fail to send the $65.00usd today to enable the our attorney proceed.

We can release this fund to you if you can send this fee today, I and our attorney need to do this because you need to know the statues of your Funds and cause for the delay, and you may not understand it, because you are not from Benin.

The only thing needed to release this fund is to reactivate your account here which will cost you $65.00usd only. Note that the actual funds you will receive is ($3.500,000.00).after you receive this email today try to send the $65.00usd so that We will finalize everything today, by tomorrow, you will start to be receiving first $5000 us dollars daily,

And that you need to resend your current information on such as your phone number address and full name immediately to avoid delay. 

Your name...................
Phone no....................
below are the payment information to send the
$65.00usd ok, 
QUESTION........ to where?
ANSWER.............  Benin Republic
Sender s name and Address..........

Waiting to receive the payment information immediately  or call me with this line +229 9928 6468 ok, 
Do get in touch with me immediately with my direct email ( to conclude this final transaction immediately,and also send me your private tel/fax numbers for easy communications

Thanks and remain
Mr.Jack Johnson
A computer scientist

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