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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: MRValentine John <>
Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2013 09:08:19 +1300 (NZDT)

 ATTENTION BENEFICIARY : We want to inform you that your $5000 has been release today throughwestern union payment and we want you to Contact Person;REV. DR. KEVIN ANTHONY. immediately with this email address ( is the information the western union payment office needed from you.Your full name__________________Your country_________________________Your phone numbers______________________Your Age___________________________________Your occupation_______________________________Ask him to give you the question and answer and (MTCN NUMBER) for youto pick up the $5,000 he sent to you, he will be sending it $5000 per each transaction  until he finish sending the whole amount to you which is $1.5M USD, One Million Five Hundred Thousands US DollarsYou will pay small amount for the PIN CODE NUMBER And Ownership certificate of the fund before you can pick up the money but we don't know the exactly amount. We wish You Good luckCONTACT: REV. DR.
KEVIN ANTHONY.FOREIGN OPERATION MANAGERE-MAIL: ( TELE: +229-67174941Yours in service.Thanks.Mr,Valentine JohnFinance MinisterFederal Republic of Benin.   

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