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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:

Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 01:14:10 -0700
Subject: Attention: E-mail Address Owner, DEAR SCAM VICTIM.

*Website: <> Address: Plot
1261, Adela Hopewell Street CO/B/REP, Republic Of Benin.*

*Email: *

*( +229 98333967)*

Attention: E-mail Address Owner, *DEAR SCAM VICTIM.*

Sequel to the meeting held today with Federal Bureau of Investigation, The
International Monetary Fund (IMF) is compensating all the scam victims and
your name and email address was found in the scam victims list. This
Western Union® office has been mandated by the IMF to transfer your
compensation to you via Western Union® Money Transfer.

However, we have concluded to effect your own payment through Western
Union® Money Transfer, $20,000 daily until the total sum of $500,000.00 is
completely transferred to you.

This is your first payment information:
MTCN#: 2411392225

Sender's First Name: Samuel

Sender's Last Name: Chukwuma

Text Question: Code? Answer: ??
Amount Programmed: $20.000

Track your first payment on-line now using sender’s first name and last
name as directed below:

You are required to pay for Federal Bureau of Investigation Clean Bill of
Transfer Document fee of $68 before you pick up your first payment sent to
you. Hurry up send the required fee immediately via western union and
forward the payment slip to us and get back to western union to pick up
your first transfer $20,000 given to you.

This is information to send the fee $68:

Receivers name:. . Peter Ekwenye
City:. . Cotonou
Text question:. . A
Text ans:. . B
Amount . .$68
Mtcn. .?

Contact person: . . SIR. INNOCENT JOHNSON
Email address: . . (
Tell phone: . . . +229 98333967

Note that your payment files will be returned to the IMF within 72 hours if
we did not hear from you, this was the instruction given to us by the IMF.

Director Western Union® Money Transfer,
Head Office Benin Republic.
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This email is intended for the owner of this E-mail Address only and
contains privileged and confidential information. If you received this
email by error, please delete it from your mail box and notify us
immediately for correction. The disclosure of this email to a third party
is highly prohibited. Thanks for your understanding
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