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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.David peter" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2014 00:03:54 -0700
Subject: MTCN:.... #074 137 0142

Welcome to Western Union Tel: +229 98836885

Hello Dear

How are you today, this is to bring you good deliver that you will receive
your fund if you no get your fund via western union since you contact them
, this is your opportunity to be happy to receive all your fund you spend
alot of money through western union, if you believe us here ? I write to
inform you that we have already sent you $5,000.00 usd dollars through
Western union as we have been given the mandate to transfer your full
compensation payment total sum of $3.5Million USD, via western union by
this government.

I was calling your telephone number to give you the information through
phone but you did not pick up my calls through out yesterday even this
morning. Now, I decided to email you the MTCN and sender name so that you
will pick up the $5,000.00 usd to enable us send another $5,000.00 usd today
as you know we will be sending you only $5,000.00 usd per day. And it was
agreed that you will pay the sum of $95.00 before they will release the
payment to you. Please pick up this information and run to Western Union
to pick up the $5,000.00 usd and call Director of Operation MR. DAVID PETER
because he is the person in charge for your payment so that he can
send you another payment today, TEL: +229 98836885, Email:( )
email Him once you picked up the $5,000.00 USD today.

Here is the western union information to pick up the $5,000.00; which you
will be receiving your payment $5,000.00 Us Dollars immediately you sent
them their transfer charge of $95 and it will serve as re-confirmation of
your file payment from the office in charge.
So you are to re-confirm to them the below information:

Your. Receiver---
Your. Country---
Your. City--
Your. Tel---
Your. Test question-----
Your. Answer-----------
Your.. Passport--
Your. Email Address---
Your. Password------

Here Is The Payment information of your first payment that has been
transfer but it's still on hold till you send the transfer charge of the
$95.00 for the trasnfer ok, you can track it now and confirm that it's
available for pick up then once you send the transfer charge today, we
will release it immediately to enable you pick it up today so by tomorrow
morning you will still have you secondly payment again,
Hear is the First payment information that we send you today,

Sender First Name: Jason
Sender Last Name: Callahan
Text Question: When?
Answer: Now
MTCN:.... #074 137 0142
Amount::::::$5,000.00 USD

You can login to western union website with this link to check out your
This is the payment information below you will user to make the payment of
$95 USD,

RECEIVER------------- Gordon Mark
COUNTRY------------ BENIN
SENDER NAME__________

Be advise that the $95.00 is a compulsory as they told me that is only
money you will pay until you receive your payment completely I am waiting
for your call once you pick up this $5,000.00 usd, Please email me your
direct telephone number because I need to be calling you once we send any
payment for the information.

Mr.David peter.

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