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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:

Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2015 12:30:04 +0100

Attention: My Dear

Information reaching us from our corporate headquarters now, states
that you only have 48hours to effect payment for the activation of
your MTCN to enable you cash up your first $4,000:00 from your total
(fund) since you are finding it difficult to make this payment we have
decided that you are to go ahead and pay whatever you have for the
activation fee since you are not able to come up with the required
sum, time is of the essence here.

You are to pay what ever you have for the activation fee; we will
activate your MTCN upon receipt of this payment. here is the payment
for the $4,000:00 usd with the name of our Assistant Accountant
officer but you can not pick
it up because the chairman of the western union say that before you
pick that money you must pay any amount you have at hand out of listed
Amount bellow,CONTACT ON ;(
Rememberthat you can not pick it up the money due to it is unhold
and you can also Tracking it right now with our website before you going to western union to send
the transfer charge of any Amount you have at hand out of listed

HERE IS YOUR Available for pick up by Receiver BELOW.

Your Payment of $5,000.00 USD DETAILS
MTCN: 7444914728
Sender First Name:Conrad
Sender Last Name:Girouard
AMOUNT: $4000

Be informed that you will have to pay the balance sum of your
activation upon cashing up of your first $4000:00 USD, also I am using
this medium to inform you that failure to pay the balance sum will
leave us with no option but to deactivate your MTCN of which you will
and can never cash up the balance sum
I want you
to send the renewing and transfer fee with the information bellow.
So use this name and Address of our Accountant officer to send any
Amount you have at hand out of listed amount bellow,

Receive Name....Raphael Orjiako
Country....Benin Republic
City.....Porto Novo

7.amount you Sent $29.00usd, $39.00usd, 45.00usd $.47usd or $55.00usd
send us the MTCN number immediately you send the money and immediately
we confirm the transfer fee we will send you the first receipt of your
$4,000:00 today and not tomorrow
With best Regards
contact this email address;(
Contact Phone +229 6131 8019
General Director
Raphael Orjiako

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