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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:

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Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 17:00:23 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Western Union: Award Wining Message!


A Division of financial Service provider.

Our Ref: WUG/UK/009/2014).

Dear Sir/Madam

We are making our 159th beginning of the year Anniversary 2014; we rolled out over USD$16, 000, 000, 00 (Sixteen Million United State Dollars) for our 158th Anniversary draws. All participants were selected through computer ballot system drawn from 25,000,00 company email address, and 30,000,00 individual email address from over 40 networks from Australia, new Zealand, North America, South America Europe, all Asia and Africa as part of International promotion held in Central District FCT Abuja Nigeria..

We officially Announce to you that your email address has just Won the sum of USD$600, 000, 00 (Six Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) by the Western Union Group, as one of our customers who uses Western Union regularly.This award was selected through automated internet system drawn randomly across the globe,where your e-mail address emerged as the lucky winner.. to begin the verification process of your prize; you are required to forward your bank account details to the transferring manager.

The Claim Transferring Agent Contact Details as Fellow:

Name: Mr. Steven Reed
Telephone: +2349051199864.

You should establish contact with redeeming transferring manager via email or telephone with the particulars presented bellow for immediate payment to your bank account; please remember to quote your winning file number and your winning transferring identification code in your correspondence to him.

1. Bank Name:
2. Beneficiary:
3. Account Number:
4. Bank Address:
5. Swift Code or Routing Number:
6. Your Mobile Telephone Number:
7. Date of Birth:
8. Occupation:
9. Country:
10. Sex:

You will be contacted by western union transferring manager in the nest 24hours as soon as you forwarded your required bank account information to him for the transfer.

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