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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: Mrs Nadeji Zarck <>
Reply-To: Mrs Nadeji Zarck <>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:53:38 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Go Now To Pick Up The $5,000 On MTCN: #6218968092

payment Western Union
Welcome to Western Union
Send Money Worldwide
Dear Sir/Madam,the Benin Rep Government scheduled a time frame
to settle all foreign debts which includes Contract,Inheritance,
Gambling, Lottery, Sponsored by Microsoft and National Lottery,
and other international loans.After Federal Executive Council
Meeting with the Finance Minster and Central Bank Governor, it
has finally agreed in offering a bonus on end of the year 2014
ballot draw. My dear, you are very lucky that your ID was selected.

After the meeting,it has accepted that each lucky one been selected
shall pay any amount he/she has but can not be lesser than $55 for
activation of the payment file in order to start receiving your daily
payment. Now are you ready to pick up your $5,000.00 been sent today?
It has concluded to effect your payment through western union$5,000.00
daily until the $1,500,000.00 is completely transferred according to
the arrangement.
Already a directive has given to Start immediately transferring Your
fund to you this morning, the first payment sum of the $5,000.00 was
sent by Mr.Smith Joshua the Western Union Manager in your name.

MTCN: #6218968092
Sender's First Name: Sidney
Sender's Second Name: Lundin
Text Question: What?
Text Answer: Fund
AMOUNT: $5,0000USD
So contact the Western union Agent to pick up this $5,000 now:
Contact person:(Smith Joshua.) TEL: +229-61-48-30-74  E-mail:
( back to him once you pick
up the money to give you another mtcn, sender name,question and
answer to pick another $5,000.00. today. Also you should send to
him your information`s

 Mrs Nadeji Zarck;
TEL:+229 99 8 40 93
E-mail on.(
Call me once you pick up your $5,000.

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