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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: "Mrs. Jannet William" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs. Jannet William" <>
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2014 08:43:20 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Confirm Your Payment Which Worth Of (US$2.700,000.00 U.S.

 Hello Dear Beneficiary,

We are here to notify you that the sum of US$2.7 Million dollars was generated and awarded to you by the United Arab Emirates, West Africa commission and the Western Union Foundation as one of the customers who uses Western Union, Ria Money or Money Gram in their business transaction.

This award was been selected through the internet, where your e-mail address was indicated and notified. The Western Union, Ria Money or Money Gram the United Arab Emirates commission collect all the email addresses of the people that are active online, among the millions of our customers who use Western Union, Ria Money or Money Gram in their business transactions. Four people are selected yearly to benefit from this promotion and you are one of the Selected Winners.

Therefore, be informed that we have already sent you $5,000 U.S. Dollars through Western union as we have been given the mandate to transfer your full payment total sum of US$2.7 Million dollars via western union.

Senders Name:......Richard Dimit

Track at the western union website and see that the payment has been sent already and here is our website below;

We tried several times to reach you through phone and give you the payment information through phone but all our effort was to no avail. Now your first US$5,000 has already been sent to you today. As we have concluded to affect your payment through western union. You will be picking up $5,000 daily until the US$2.7 Million dollars is completed.

So, contact the Western union Agent: Mr. Joe Timo. His Tel: +229-61147084 E-mail: ( ) Tell him to give you the Text Question and answer to pick up your first payment of US$5,000. You will pay him $59 dollars only for the processing of the Ownership certificate before he will give you the information to pick up your first payment of US$5,000.
You can also ask him to send to you a proof, the Text Question and answer of your first payment. It is for you to be sure that the funds belong to you. Make sure you send the following information to the western union office to enable them verify and be sure that you are the real beneficiary:

Your Full name:
Home Address:
Phone number:

The only money you will pay to the Western Union office is $59 dollars only and he will release the text Question and answer to you to pick up your first payment. As beneficiary will be required to pay for the Processing fee of $59 only for the obtaining of the needed H.L.S Clearance Certificate of your fund before releasing of the full payment information to you. Please bear this in mind before forwarding your information to him.

Please, contact Mr. Joe Timo of the western Union office now so that he will issue to you the full payment information after you might have paid the $59 dollars only for the processing of the needed H.L.S Clearance Certificate, Again the below is his email address ( }

Yours Faithfully,
Mrs. Jannet William
Awards Coordinator Commission
>From Presindency Office Benin Republic

 Confirm Your Payment Which Worth Of (US$2.700,000.00 U.S. Dollars).

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