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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: Mr John David <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2016 06:42:02 +0700
Subject: URGENT

Western Union Send Money Worldwide
Welcome to Western Union Money Transfer office Cotonou Benin


I believe you received my previous email? Again I am Mr John David, the former
Director of western union Republic of Benin, I came down here in Cotonou Benin
Republic for an ECOWAS meeting and i was searching for some files that i left
in this office while i was working here, I found out that you have not received
your fund amounted at $1.5 Million usd since last year 2015, and i asked Mr
Anthony Robert what happened that you have not receive your fund and he said
that you refused to pay the $205.00 to update your western union transfer file
before starting your transfer.

I'm contacting you because the Director of the (IMF) International Monitory
Fund here in Benin Republic said that they will divert all unclaimed funds
including your funds to the Government Treasury account ''BY THE ENDING OF THIS
MONTH''just because that you don't want to claim your funds since the 2015 till
date. So I want to hear from you today so that I will know the reason why you
rejected such amount of money $1.5million which will change your life just
because of $205.00

I want your urgent response as soon as you receive this email and explain to me
the reason why you have abandon your funds because of $205.00. But if you don't
need it then I can change your name successful to another person so that this
Government will not claim this money but I know that you will not allow such
thing to happen to you in your life.

If you are finding it difficult to get the fee $205.00 immediately then you can
go ahead and send the half fee which is $100.00 so that immediately you received
your first payment $4,000 then you will send the balance of $105 back to us,
Please my dear I want to help you in this finally opportunity to receive this
fund because it was a big shock to me that you have not received your fund till
date and I’m very sorry for that, you will receive your fund before the end of
this meeting which will take us 3days and I will be here to monitor the
transaction until you receive your fund.

As a matter of fact, your first payment of $4000.00 is ready for you to pick up
at western union office now but still on hold until your transfer file is
updated today as soon as you've sent the fee.


Money Transfer Control Number (M.T.C.N) **4-800-7632)
Senders First Name: . . . . . . . . . . . . Raymond
Senders Last Name: . . . . . . . . . . . . Thunder
Amount sent: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - $4,000.00

Warning-- Do not go to western union store for the payment yet, till you send
the payment of $205.00 or half $100.00 today and get your file updated as
instructed by (head office of western union Benin republic) Or else you make
yourself a fool and THIEF before your western union agent.

Once you send the payment today I will get back to you within 45 minutes after
your transfer is updated with the Question and answer for you to pick up your
first payment immediately today, We advice you to use the below information of
our accountant to send the money:

Receiver name: _ _ _ _ chinadu Emeka
Country: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Benin Republic
City: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Cotonou
Question: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ When?
Answer: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Today
Sender Name:

Be rest assured that everything will be finalize the moment the $205 or half
$100.00 is received from you today, you will start picking up your daily payment
of $4000.00 immediately until the total amount of $1.5Million is completed.

Thank you

Best Regards

Mr John David
Former Western Union Director
Western Union Payment Department section X. office
Republic of Benin

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