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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: =?utf-8?B?V2VzdGVybiBVbmlvbsKu?= <>
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2013 00:08:22 +1300 (NZDT)
Subject: Contact Western union foreign operation payment Benin republic

Western union foreign operation payment Benin republic
Address Plot 6 Bruno avenue Cotonou Benin
Phone: +229-9867-5911

I want to inform you that we have already sent you $5000.00 US Dollars through Western union as we have been given the mandate to transfer your full over due payment total sum of $750.000.00 USD, via western union by the Ministry of Finance. I tried reaching you on phone to give you all the information on phone but I couldn't get through yesterday,

So I decided to email you the MTCN and sender name so that you can pick up the $5000.00 to enable us send another $5000.00 today, as you know we will be sending you $5000.00 only per day. And it was agreed that you will pay the transfer charge sum of $99 before the release of the payment to you.

Please pick up this information in any locate western union around you  the sum of $5000.00 and call the Operation Manage Mr. Ronald Mundy because he is the person in charge of your payment, and he can send you another payment today once you contact him,

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Contact him once you picked up the $5000.00 today.

Below is the western union information to pick up the $5000.00; which you will be receiving daily after you sent them their transfer charge of $99 and it will serve as re-confirmation of your payment file in their office.

Here is the Senders Information;
Sender's First Name: Robert
Sender’s Last Name: Louis
MTCN: 8346154895
Text Question: God
Answer: Save
Amount: $5000

For your convenience you can use our ( to track your money transfer online is available for pick up by receiver?
They will be waiting to hear from you with the transfer charge payment of $99 today;

Receive Name: Obagha John
Country: Benin Republic
City: Cotonou
Text Q: color?
Answer: Yellow.
Amount: $99.00
Senders Name:
Mtcn Number:

Be advice that $99 transfer charge is compulsory as they told me that is the only money you will pay until you receive your payment completely. Endeavor to E-mail your direct telephone number because you will call once the payment information’s is sent to you.

Federal western union Benin


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