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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 Promotion Center <>
Reply-To: Western Union Promotion Center <>
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 22:25:07 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Greetings,

Western Union® Money Transfer
Avenue Mallan; Quartier Kandevie
Bp 1148 Porto-novo, Oueme BP 1493
Benin republic, Cotonou.

Hello Dear WESTERN UNION Award Winner,

Breaking News,2015/ We Welcome you to our world of promotion Western Union Board Award Group 2015, meanwhile this is to inform you that
you have won a prize SUM of US$1,500.000.00 for the year 2015 WESTERN UNION BOARD AWARD PROMOTION Worldwide.

This was an Email draw promotion which was held in west Africa/Asia/South
Africa/and Europe/ The WESTERN UNION BOARD AWARD Group is
sponsored by Chevron oil and Gas Company and others from unconventional oil
resources and other international companies. The Western
Union Email draw is held to encourage you and others to play and promote Email users.

All participant were selected randomly through a computer ballot system of different Email users over 100,0000 Unions and corporate
bodies that are listed all over the world and your Email ID happens to be
among the lucky 900 Email ID selected by our Western Union
Board Award machine system from over 1 Millions Emails that was used for the
contest, this is how you won the Western Union prize.OF One
Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars, US$1,500,000,00,

This message might be coming to you as a surprise but it is to notify all
our Western Union Award Winner about the latest development
concerning all the Award that are left in our WESTERN UNION custody, which yours are inclusive.  Hence, our WESTERN UNION is now offering
a SPECIAL BONUS to help all our Western Union Award Winners that are
Listed to our Western Union Headquarters. In order words we are now
requesting that those involved should Comply Urgently to receive all their payment abundantly in any WESTERN UNION Benin Du Republic.Or the awarded person are required to come to this country in person for his or her claim,

Therefore, You are advised to kindly correspond to this email and lets get started with the wiring of your Awarded Funds to your
Destination without any further delay, Contact and Call Director Solomon Ezechuks now with this information below for further
instructions on how to get your SPECIAL AWARD PAYMENT:

TEL: +229 9848-3350
Please Remember To  Provide your Receiving information as required below to the director as stated above:

These are your identification Numbers:
Ticket Number: 011425896/2015
Serial Number: 3872/506
Lucky Numbers:7/4/88/28/01/40
1. Full Name::::::::::
2. Address::::::::::::
3. Sex::::::::::::::::
4. Age::::::::::::::::
5. Mobile Number::::::
6. Occupation:::::::::
7. State::::::::::::::
8. Nationality::::::::
9. Country::::::::::::
10.  a copy of your ID prove OR ANY VALID ID PROOF)

As for Your Payment information:::
It is not safe for us to send you your payment offline, Because we need to hear from you first before we can commence with the transfer
of your award and you have to make sure you are the only person accessing
your Email before Responding to this Email for Security reason,

Note that you will take the responsibilities of the wire transfer charges or any of your chosen method on how you prefer to receive your
award Before the WESTERN UNION will commence with your Transfer,

Kindly get in touch with Director Solomon Ezechuks now to enable you start receiving your PAYMENT before the deadline.

Peter Atama

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