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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. KK Young" <>
Reply-To: "Mr. KK Young" <>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 18:24:40 +0000 (UTC)

 Dear customer,
This is to inform you that your name and your contact details was given to this office in respect of your outstanding payment owed to you which you have not been able to receive despite your considerable effort to receive your payment and after been cleared by the authorized financial regulatory bodies, it was also discovered that some unscrupulous individuals aiming to frustrating all your efforts have removed some vital documents from your payment file.
After much strict scrutiny on your payment file, we discovered that some top government officials especially in banks are working against your interest in this case.So to forestall any further atrocious act against you, we have decided to settle your payment through western union money transfer, which is the latest instruction from Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) the western union agent in charge of your payment will be sending to you $5.000.00usd per a day until your total funds is completely transferred to you, so if you like to receive your fund in this way,
please contact the western union agent in charge of your payment -Dr. Cbean Muhhamad on his contact details below.
Therefore, in order to receive your fund through western union money transfer, you are now required to contact the western union agent in charge of your payment -Dr. Cbean Muhhamad on his contact details Below and also send him your following information as listed below
Your;1. Full name,=============2. Phone number:========3. Address==============4. Age:=================5. Occupation=========6.Country=============
We have been mandated by the WCOWAS parliament to issue out us$3.7m dollars in your favor this fiscal year 2014.
Also for your information, you have to stop any further communication with any other person (s) or office(s) to avoid any further hitches in receiving your payment.
Note that because of impostors, we hereby issued our code of conduct, which is (209) so you have to indicate this code when contacting (Dr. Cbean Muhhamad) the western union agent in charge of your payment By using it as your subject.
Here below is Dr. Cbean Muhhamad (the western union agent in charge of your payment)'s contact details, you have to contact him now and supply him your contact details as listed above for him to start sending Your funds to you $5,000per a day without any delay;
Dr. Cbean MuhhamadE-mail:( Union Agent.Cotonou Benin.

Mr. Lily KK YoungFor the management of bank of Africa,Cotonou, Benin.

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