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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: Dr John H Luda <>
Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2013 21:56:41 +0800 (CST)

Western Union Money Transfer®
Lekki 1013 palm beech Road, Lagos Nigeria.


Dear Value Customer!
According to the instruction passed to this Western Union Department from the office Governor of the Central Bank Benin, A total sum of USD$3.800,000.00 (Three Million Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars only) has been instructed to be paid to you, 
According to the explanations made, the Central Bank and Government, have decided to take over the issue of your transfer to save you from all wire transfer problems you were facing previously.
This is to help us check-mate all the Fraudulent activities going on here in West Africa at large. You shall be paid bit by bit until your total sum is completely received right from the Counter of any Western Union closest to you.
We have been asked to release to you a total of US$5500.00 in every five Hours (5hours) until the funds is completely paid out, as that is the maximum limit we are legally allowed to pay in a particular transaction.
After the failure in the transfer of your fund through other means which may have been made impossible by the European, American or  British high commission and other bodies, I was ordered from the office of the President and the Central Bank Of Nigeria to make your payment swiftly via this medium, you will  be receiving $5500 usd every five hours starting from today via the following Money Transfer Control Number known as MTCN# but missing one DIGIT NUMBER which you must call me to have the complete number for the safety of your transfer which we shall not be healed responsible if someone else pick it if we send it through email:

First Payment Details:

MTCN#:  (883-801-098-) Missing one Digit
Test Question: God
Test Answer: We Trust
Senders Name: John H Luda.

Track the above payment details via our website for confirmation, copy and paste the following link on a window browser and track the MTCN# as soon as you have done the needful and the remaining DIGIT NUMBER is completely given to you:

Contact us via mail or telephone:

Dr. John Luda
+2347-06253-1429 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +2347-06253-1429 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Note: you are to pay for the activation of your payment file together with official endorsment from Office of Dr.Ngozi Okonji Iwella of Federal Ministry of Finance as you may have read from CNN/BBC and some other Social network and the official charge is nothing less than $99 and let no one on earth deceive you to pay more than $99 for your payment activation which the transfer slip will be mail to you at the appropriate time, hence you have done the needful.

 The required fee of USD$99.00 should be sent through Western Union or money gram through your consideration. Upon the receipt of the USD$99.00, your payment files will be activated to enable you receive your first installment payment of USD$5500 immediately.
Kindly send the USD$99.00 payment information to us through the above email address. Note: You can not be able to start picking up the money until your Name is activated to the system and the rest one DIGIT NUMBER is also released to you.

Here is the name of our account protocol to receive your payment with instant confirmation to commence on your transfer immediately but feel free to call for inquiry.

The Receivers Information For The USD$99 is as follows:
Receivers name:  IJENWA I OFOMA 

Text Question:_____2TIMES

Answer:_______A DAY



Immediately we receives the payment, we shall activate your payment files and you will start picking your payments as you call to have the rest one Digit Number or email us as well.

We Congratulate you in Advance.

Dr. John H Luda
Western Union Customer Care


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