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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: Joseph Scott <>
Reply-To: Joseph Scott <>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:28:54 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: From Western Union Money Transfer Head Office

 Dear Esteemed /

The message coming directly to you from Western Union Money Transfer Head Office Benin Republic, wish to use this medium Resolution towards the scams victims compensation fund USD$2,500,000,00,,raised by Western Union Headquarter in United States of America, while all the investigation, we noticed that you has been sending money to scams internet people, all the times, upon all the promises they gave to you, none of them gives you the best service, For more brief and clarification according to below mentioned fund is still available in your favor, for your more notification, I am hereby try to gives you the best service of Western Union Money Transfer,moreover,be inform that all details information, concerning below fund worth US$2,500,000,00,has been registered, to release directly to any of your nearest western union around you.

For more than 150 years, the familiar signs of Western Union Money Transfer have stood as a trusted symbol for connecting friends, family and businesses around the World. Known today as an innovator in financial services, The Western Union Money Transfer Company has become an industry leader in global money transfer with over 410,000 Agent locations in 200 countries and territories, avoid more delay, there is some available MTCN that already registered in your favor, but before those available MTCN,would start release, you need to send us total sum of USD$66,in order to use it activate those MTCN,however,the total amount you should be receiving per a day is USD$15,000,00,each MTCN registered in your name is USD$5,000,00,but you need to send below fee,before start picked those availavle MTCN,because,we need to activate those available information,moreover,remeber also to resend your full details address,avoid send below MTCN to the wrong person.

First Name: Denia
Last Name: Herrera
MTCN: 7282224054
Test Question: Good
Answer: Good
AMOUNT -$5000:00 USD

Please, from the roots of our signature telegram business, we expanded and evolved our services in 1871 to offer electronic money transfer. Today, Western Union Money Transfer offers money order, money transfer, payment and prepaid services. While the telegram is a memory, we continue a long history of connecting people around the corner and around the globe with financial services that are fast, reliable and convenient,however,you would confirmed mentioned MTCN,once total amount confirmed into our custody,furthermore,try also to reconfirming your full details information, avoid releasing the fund to wrong person.

I wish you good luck
Mr. Joseph Scott

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