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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: james marks <>
Reply-To: james marks <>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 12:21:41 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Attention: E-mail Address Owner

Welcome to Western Union®
Send Money Worldwide

Attention: E-mail Address Owner

This Western Union office has been mandated by the Federal Government of Benin republic to transfer your compensation Funds to you via Western Union® Money Transfer.

However, we have concluded to affect your own payment through Western Union® Money Transfer, $5,000 twice daily until the
total sum of USD 2,500 000.00) is completely transferred to you. We can not be able to send the payment with your email address alone,

thereby we need your information as to where we will be sending the funds, such as;

TEL PHONE________________
Contact person Mr Dan Ike. email ( email him with your full information.
Note that your payment files will be returned to the Federal Government within 72 hours if we did not hear from you, this was the instruction given to us by the Federal Government. We will start the transfer as soon as we received your information.For urgent inquiry, call Mr Dan IKe +229-98492837.Here is the information of the first payment we send to you.

SENDERS NAME...ablavi Da
Receiver Name: In Ur Name
MTCN: 9628708260
TEXT ANS... $5000.00.
Amount Sent: $5000.00

 Mr james Mark
secretary of Western Union® Money Transfer,
 Benin Republic.

This email is intended for the owner of this E-mail Address only and contains privileged and confidential information. If you received
this email by error, please delete it from your mail box and notify us immediately for correction. The disclosure of this email to a third party is highly prohibited. Thanks for your understanding.

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