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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 <>
Reply-To: western union <>
Date: Wed, 29 Apr 2015 00:59:59 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Western Union Head Office Cotonou Benin Republic.

Finance Department Director
Eco bank Benin Republic Cotonou
Western Union Head Office Cotonou Benin Republic.

I confirmed the receipt of your e-mail today in my office regarding the first payment that has been sent to you. Yes, it is true that you were sent a payment of $5000 according to an instruction from the
ministry of finance Cotonou-Benin Republic which indicates that we should be sending to you daily payment of $5000 everyday till we complete your total amount of $2.5,000,00 u.s dollar

Here is the information’s of the $5000 your first payment we release to you below, but you can track it and see is available to pick up by you but is on hold to the International Monetary Fund ask us to place
it on hold due to (International Monetary Fund) required the Clean Bill Record Certificate which will cost you $90.

Here is the information of the $5000 your first payment we release to you below, you can click it on wucom/Countries/en_BJ/track-transfer-result.html?transactionStatus=AVAILABLE& progressIndicator=3&statusMessage=Your%20money% 20transfer%27s%20ready%20to%
20be%20picked%20up%20at%20any% 20Western%20Union%20agent% 20location
to see that is available to pick up by the receiver, but you can not pick it up until you send the sum of $90 for the Clean Bill Record Certificate.

The minister administrator trust fund said that nobody has legal right over your fund therefore we can’t be able to deduct any amount from the arranged fund, because is against our law and regulation that is
the reason why you must send the fee $90 to enable the (IMF) Office (International Monetary Fund place the sent $5000 to your name because the money Is not place in your name yet that is why you can’t be able
to pick the sent $5000 USD right now.
So kindly send the $90 to below name through Western Union Money Transfer;

Receiver's name:JERRY OBLORAH
Country:Benin Republic
Text Question:when?
SENDER NAME..............

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