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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:

Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:22:10 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: FIIRST PAYMENT SENT MTCN: 599-834-5050 ?

Attn; Recipient Your First is Sent Payment,

This is to inform you that your fund compensations $2,500.000 has been released now after our finally meeting today with International Monetary Fund and United Nations and We have concluded to effect your payment through western union today to avoid any delay.

They will be sending you $4,500 daily until the $2,500.000 is completely transferred to you accordingly. Though, Norbert Jangula the western union agent has sent $$4,500 in your name already today. So right now this is your first payment of $4,500 dollars here to pick it up right now to any part of western union office in your country but still on hold because your payment files is not yet activated.okay,

Below your first payment details to pick up dollars today,

Senders Name :Norbert J. Jangula
Question: Trust
Answer: In God
Amount :$4,500
MTCN: 599-834-5050

Contact Western Union Director:
Director;Dr Norbert Jangula

NOTE; this payment was directed to be made available in your name and you can only pay them $55 for the activation fee of your inheritance payment file $2,500.000 to prevent illegal transfer of your funds. Here is the information you will used to send the $55 to them through Western Union Money Transfer to pick up your first payment $4,500 now.

Receiver's name______Lum Albert
Country ___________Benin Republic.
City=== _____________Cotonou
Text Question== _____God
Answer==__________ is good

Then after you send them $55, tell Dr.Norbert Jangula to activate your payment files and release the payment information for $4,500,Please, do not forget to update me as soon as you receive this payment today.

Call the western union Director now Dr.Norbert Jangula Tel(Tel:+229-666-929-47) ask him how long it will take you to receive your first payment $4,500 after you send the $55 for the activation fee today.

Mrs. Maria Midombo.
Ministry Of Finance
Agent Notification

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