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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 John Max <>
Reply-To: Mr John Max <>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:11:15 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Attention,

OFFICE: Benin Repulic.
REF: MT89TQ Email: (

Your winning fund of One Million Five Hundred thousand USD.(1,500,000.00USD) for over longed being

a regular customer of Western union has been forwarded to Western Union here in our branch for

immediate transfer to you. Your payment will be send to you by western Union, the amount you will

receive perday is $5,000.00 ( Five thousand Dollars )The Ministry Trust Funds of Benin Repulic will

send you the currently standard track details you need to pick up your ($5,000) payment by western

union daily till you are able to receive the total sum of 1,500,000.00 United State Dollars($1.5M),

now no need to send you this ATM card because you cannot be able to withdraw with the ATM card due

to the ATM master card contains large amount of money on it and is not activated.

Many people have received their fund through this western union which is safer and reliable with

less cost but the problem we are having with your is that a man from your country by name Richard

Smith said that you are on the sick bed that is why you sent him to come and claim your money .If

you are still alive, We want to confirm from you if you really sent him to claim your fund because

we don't want to make mistake.

The Director, administrative trust funds had already signed your payment, now you are free to

comply with WEMACO payment office on this email :( however, kindly contact

the below person who is in position to release your payment by Western Union per$5,000 a day.

Justice Peter Moore E-mail:( The Western Union Payment Center has been

mandated to issue out your payment and you have to stop any further communication with any other

person(s) or office(s) to avoid hitches in receiving your payment. Note that the administrative

need these details from you to process your payment:

Your full name________________________
Your address__________________________
Your country___________________________
Your age______________________________
Your occupation________________________
Your Phone number______________________

Comply now because as soon as you sent this required details to Justice Peter Ezeu, he will start

sending your payment by Western Union. And do let me know immediately you start receiving your

money for us to share the joy together. You will also receive a call from Justice after filling the

above information. Thanks
Mr John Max
PHONE NO +22999747381

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