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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.Christain Anderson" <>
Date: Wed, 9 Jan 2013 00:38:52 -0200
Subject: Your Payment Today

Information reaching us from our corporate headquarters now,states that
you only have 48hours to effect payment for the activation of your MTCN to
enable you cash up your first $5,000:00 from your total sum of $2.500.000
US since you are finding it difficult to make this payment we have decided
that you are to go ahead and pay only $350 as the activation fee since you
are not able to come up with the required sum, because time is of the
essence here.

You are to pay what ever you have today for the activation fee; we will
activate your MTCN upon receipt of this payment.

Be informed that you will have to pay the balance sum of your activation
upon cashing up of your first 5,000:00 US,also I am using this medium to
inform you that failure to pay the balance sum will leave us with no
option but to deactivate your PAYMENT of which you will and can never cash
up the balance sum I will provide to you the information where you are to
send the $350 when request or better still call me on: +229 98952802.

So you are to re-confirm to them the below information,
Your. Receiver:.......
Your. Country:.......
Your. City:.......
Your. Tel:.......
Your. Test question:.......
Your. Answer:.......

Send us the MTCN number immediately you send the money and immediately we
confirm the transfer fee we will send you the first receipt of your $5,000
today and not tomorrow.

Thanks and remain blessed,

Mr.Christain Anderson
Operation manager.
Western union department


Aviso de confidencialidade:

- Esta mensagem da Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (Embrapa), empresa pública federal regida pelo disposto na Lei Federal nº 5.851, de 7 de dezembro de 1972, é enviada exclusivamente a seu destinatário e pode conter informações confidenciais, protegidas por sigilo profissional. Sua utilização desautorizada é ilegal e sujeita o infrator às penas da lei. Se você a recebeu indevidamente, queira, por gentileza, reenviá-la ao emitente, esclarecendo o equívoco.

Confidentiality note:

- "This message from Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (Embrapa), a government company established under Brazilian law (5.851/72), is directed exclusively to its addressee and may contain confidential data, protected under professional secrecy rules. Its unauthorized use is illegal and may subject the transgressor to the law's penalties. If you are not the addressee, please send it back, elucidating the failure".


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