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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: western union <>
Reply-To: western union <>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 15:20:06 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Your Western Union Payment Special BONUS

 Attn: Dear Customer.

This is to notify you about the latest development concerning all the payment that are left in our custody,which your $950,000.00 are
inclusive Besides, your where given a bill of $583,in order to receive your first payment $5000 twice pay day of which we didn't hear from
you for sometime now......

Hence, our Western Union  is now offering a Special BONUS to help all our customers that are having their payment  in our custody due to of
prices. In order words we are now requesting that those involve should pay only the sum of $62. 00 to receive all their payment abandoned in
our custody.

Besides, my dear, this is the opportunity for you and have to comply and your funds  shall be transfer to your desginated address
immediatley so you are advice to reconfirm your receiver details as

Receiver name.....
Texst Question....
Texst Answer....
Direct Country and City.....
Your Passport or ID.......

But remember that after (3 DAYS) you did not make the payment then we will divert your funds to Goverment Fund, to aviod problem or we will
cancel the payment for this year untill next year only God know what will happen before then.

Again after (THREE DAYS ) We will enter A new project  for the Consigning next year and that is the reason why we decided to help to
all our customers before we enter into the new project.

So be  advise to send only $62.00 immediately so that we will register your payment for you to start receive $5,000 as from tomorrow. Be
advise that there is no time again for we to call any person on phone unless you will call +229-93-49-99-90
After the payment of $62.00 you will start receiveing your money every day$5,000 through Western Union Send the money through Western Union Money Transfer with the information below,

Reciver name....... ARINZE UZOHA
Country==    Benin Republic.
Text Question....1+1
Answer......... 2.

The moment i receive the payment of $62 i will release the first payment informations of $5,000 to you and you will pick  up the money
and i will send you another money. Hoping to hear from you.

Mr. George Bal

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