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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 Money Transfer@" <>
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 21:00:02 +0600
Subject: YOUR $5,500usd AVAILABLE FOR PICK-UP(Western Union Money Transfer)

Western Union Money Transfer@
Motto: In God We Trust!!!


We write to you as we are yet to hear from you in regards to the payment of your long awaiting compensated funds of $2,500,000usd endorsed by the Ministry Of Finance to be paid to you instalmentally with a daily payment plan of $5,500usd by the Western Union.

In other words, We have today transferred your first instalment payment ( $5,500) available for your pickup at any western union office nearest to you, but still on hold due to the unpaid endorsement & daily activation file fee amount of $150.00 that you are supposed to pay before your daily transfer will be made available to you.

You will pickup the below installment at any western union office nearest to you with below information's as soon as you submit the $150 endorsement & daily activation file fee. You can track your first instalment payment with the Western Union tracking number 1-800-325-6000 or through the western union global website so as for you to know that the money is available for pick up (but will not be released you without the file activation fee of $150).

Your Payment Details:

MTCN: (9894382611)
SENDERS COUNTRY... Lagos/ Nigeria
AMOUNT... $5,500.00

Track your MTCN here:

The endorsement & daily activation file fee of $150 should be sent to our office here in care to our accounting officer through Western Union Money Transfer nearest to you.

You are to send the endorsement activation charges with the information below.

Address: #49 gibson tower, Lagos, Nigeria
Amount: $150
Text Question: COLOR?
Answer: YELLOW.

As soon as you send the fee, send us the transfer Mtcn/Reference # to enable proceed with immediate transfer activation of your first installment payment Notice: This preference is being given to you to our good name and also to make sure we get your fund paid to you with no complication of things or delay.

Note: the Activation Fees could not be deducted from the funds as we have no access to the funds due to the Fact that it was placed in an escrew account Please submit your Activation charges with the name of our accounting officer as given to you and get back to this office with details of your payment for further actions here.

To avoid complication of things, you are advise to treat this payment as urgent as possible so we can proceed with the activation of your first installment so you can get it picked up in any nearest Western Union Money Transfer outlet near you on time to avoid any internet scam hacking of the Mtcn that is given to you above.

Treat As Urgent and get back to this office with receipt of your payment for fast procedures here.

For further inquiries or clarification, call me at +2348133799257

Looking forward to your scan copy of payment slip asap.

Respectfully Yours.
Dave Moore.
Payment Department

cc: Federal Ministry of Finance Inconjuction with WESTERN UNION OFFICE.

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