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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: "REV Mr. Ben Moov" <>
Reply-To: "REV Mr. Ben Moov" <>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:47:26 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Attn: Customer;

Attn: Customer;
There is an issue with the WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER in the amountof $4.500,000.00USD (Four Million Five Hundred Thousand United StateDollars)directed in cash credited to file KTU/9023118000/03, at theowner of this email address.The International Monetary Fund contactedus for your compensation a couple of hours ago due to your allocatedsecurity code.They said that they choose to send it to an emailaddress instead of a name. We are unable to complete a transferdirected at an email address,so we require some more information inorder to complete this transfer.
FULL NAME: ..................FULL CONTACT ADDRESS:..........MOBILE PHONE NUMBER:...........OCCUPATION: ....................MARITAL STATUS AND AGE:.........
In order to resolve this problem,please email via Western UnionSolicitors Fund Verification Department: ( can call +229-68-65-64-38  As soon as this information isreceived,your payment will be made to your nominated bank account orat the counter directly from The Western Union Transferring Bank. Whenemailing,please use reference number 250-153 as your subject .( )
Sincerely,Best RegardREV Mr. Ben Moov+229-68-65-64-38

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