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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: "Kindly Contact Western union Agent:" <>
Reply-To: "Kindly Contact Western union Agent:" <>
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2015 14:25:10 +0000 (UTC)

  Attn :Beneficairy,   
The president of Benin republic Dr. Boni Yayi have instructed to send your total fund of ($4.5 million united state dollars) Four Million Five hundred thousand united state dollars in an atm payment card to be sent to you through western union money transfer payment after a board meeting with FEDERAL MINISTRY OF FINANCE ON THE 5th of january 2015.   
Your payment will be sending to you by western union, the amount you will receive per day is $5000 usd The minister trust funds of Benin Republic will send you the currently standards track details you need to pick up your ($5000) payment by western union, you will receive every day till you receive the $4.5 million united state dollars.   
The director administrtor trust funds have already signed your payment and you are free to comply with western union payment office.   
Kindly Contact Western union Agent:   Dr. Douglass Hall   TEL: +229-99314 089   E-mail:   
The financial western union payment center has been mandated to issue out your payment and you have to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s) to avoid any hitches in receiving your payment.   
Here below the first payment sent today for you to track and see that it is available to be picked up;   
M.T.C.N:2666869821   Sender’s First Name: PROSPER   Sender’s Last Name: HONVOU   Text question: Urgent   Text Answer: Payment   Amount:$5000.00   
Note that the administrator payment need this details from you to process your payment:   
Receivers name-----   Country-----   City-----------   Address-----------   Tel------------   ID-----------   Test question-------   Test Answer-------   Answer---------   
You will be eligible to pay for the updating of your payment file which is the sum of $55 usd before you will be able to pick up the already sent $5000.00.   

Call and Comply now because as soon as you send this required details to Dr. Douglass Hall he will start sending and also release the first payment as soon as possible.   
Thanks and Remain Blessed.   Barr. James Keita.

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