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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: "JOHN SAM" <>
Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2014 21:02:15 +0800
Subject: Money Transfer Control Number (M.T.C.N):# 8845115202

Western Union Send Money Worldwide
Welcome to Western Union Money Transfer office Cotonou Benin . ADDRES: 17, BP OPPOSITE POST OFFICE BENIN   REPUBLIC . Website:
Phone +229 9878-9714
Dear Costumer Email alert:
The Western Union Money Transfer Service Cotonou, Benin Republic headquarters wishes to inform you that our government has paid part of the fees needed for the final release of your funds $2.800, 000.00 USD to you this month through our Western Union Office here in Benin Republic to avoid you sending much money to African scam again. And for your information the maximum
amount you will be receiving started from tomorrow is $5000 USD till your total funds of $2.800, 000.00 USD is complete transferred to you and we have been strongly to send you the first payment of $5000USD today through our payment system here before we find out that your payment file need to renew from world Bank central system. And we listed bellow for your first payment of $5000usd been sent in your name today morning but you will not pickup the money unless you send the fee of US$85.00 require to renew and reconfirm your payment file to us through the World Bank Central System here in Cotonou, Republic Benin.
Bellow is your first payment for $5000usd sent today.
Money Transfer Control Number (M.T.C.N):# 8845115202
Senders First Name:Darlena 
Senders Last Name: Pike
Question: What Color?
Answer: White
Website; track it and be sure ok. So if you want to track the money and confirm if the fund is transferred enter our website then click tracking and enter the mtcn number…8845115202 enter sender’s first name…Darlena    .... Enter senders last name..  Pike and click tracking and it will show you that your funds is available for you to pick it urgent in sending us the $85.00usd to
enable us proceed on reconfirm your payment file from the world Bank central SYSTEM .Send the fee directly with the name as outline below use it to sendthe money via western union to enable us pick it from our department here and reconfirm your payment file approval from the world Bank central and commerce your daily payment immediately.
We also repeat again, you will not pickup the money unless you send the fee of US$45 require to renew and reconfirm your payment file to us through the World Bank Central System in Benin Republic . So if you would prefer to start receiving your payment first thing tomorrow in the morning hurry up and send the renew and reconfirmation of your payment file fees $85usd with bellow
information via western union money transfer service.
Receivers name...SUNDAY AZOR
Answer... Duty
Amount:............ $85
Sender's Name...?
Sender's Country...
Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN) is needed and sender's name Finally Notice: This payment you are receiving is coming directly from World Bank assistance programmable 2011 promo, so its risk free and we the western union headquarters has agree to start sending you the payment immediately you meet up with our demand in this latter. But after 2days you did not reply stand the risk of cancel your payment and have it return back to government
Yours respectfully,
DIRECTOR  Western Union Payments
Phone +229 98789714
Western Union® 
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