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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: Thu, 3 Sep 2015 06:43:10 +0900 (JST)
Subject: western union

A pleasant greetings to you and your family, i know you must have felt disappointing because of all the delays concerning your outstanding fund release of which i have been fighting tooth and nails to make sure you receive this fund but you have been thinking that i am there to swindle you.

I was suppose to travel to South Africa last MONTH for a meeting with other top Government officials but because of this transfer matter of yours, i decided to defer my trip till next week.

Right now, i will advice you follow my last and final instructions because the bank have agreed to make the transfer today. You're only advice to secure your fund $980,000.00 from been tempered by the FBI/ or IRS by obtaining a GNAB Certificate (Government Non-Assessment Bond Certificate) which cost is $165 this will serve you as the clearance certificate.

Since you are finding it difficult to get the $165 we have decided that you are to go ahead and pay whatever you have out of the total fee $165. But mind you, no amount below $50 will be accepted so we expect you to pay whatever amount from $50 and above. My final conclusion with the bank this morning was that they will make the transfer today so that you can receive your first payment. The maximum amount you will receive daily is $6,000.00 until your total amount $980,000.00 is fully paid to you.

You are to pay whatever amount you have so that we can purchase your payment files then complete your transfer today so you can receive your $6000 first payment today.

We will send you the first details, payment/receipt of your $6000 as soon as the fee/payment is received from you. Below is the information which you will use to send the fee via western union.

Receiver's Name:  EMMANUEL OZOR



Text Question: Today

Text Answer: Yes

Note: this is the only payment you are required to make in this regards for every other fee have been waived off by the federal ministry Benin.

You are entitle to receive your payment today if you do send the money today as well. Finally, Please forward your full name and address where you want this money transfer send to you.

I am waiting for your reply

Best Regards,
Mrs. veronica oba. Transfer Agent
PHONE: 00229 99141402

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