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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: Funds Transfer Section <>
Reply-To: Funds Transfer Section <>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:52:32 -0300 (ART)
Subject: Re: We Have Sent The Money

Urgent Attention Your Two payment were sent to you through WESTERN UNION,
from the total Funds $500,000.00 Dollars. We well know using Western union
for in such Transaction of huge amount may not be the best way, but due to
the year is about to come to end and Western union receives money and sends
money fast. $4500.00 Dollars sent in 2 MTCN today and each MTCN contains
$2250.00 Dollars. Here is the MTCN :739-189-628, MTCN: 296-688-351 it is
available for pick up at western union now. Contact Pastor Lewis Email him
at Call him with this phone or text him at +22998965377
and Bear it in mind that you must pay $57.00 for signing your Certificate
of Ownership at Federal High Court Benin before Lewis will release the
MISSING number in the MTCN to you and for picking the $4500 sent to you
today. The $57 Dollars should be sent through Western union to below info,

Receivers Name:... Joe Okoro
Country/... Benin
City address is Cotonou
Test Question:.. What City
Answer :.. Cotonou
Amount: ...$57 US Dollars.

If you cannot pay this $57.00 to receive the $4500.00 already sent to you
today, then don't respond so that we cancel the $4500 sent to you today
immediately. because we do not have much time as the year is about to come
to an end.Call and send text at +22998965377

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