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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.James Zinchin" <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2013 23:05:32 +0800 (CST)


Western Union Money
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 Nigeria, 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
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

MTCN#:  (883-801-098-) Missing one
Test Question: God
Test Answer: We
Name: Douglas Hall.

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. Douglas Hall

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
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

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

Text Question:_____2TIMES




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

Dr. Douglas
Western Union Customer Care


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