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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: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:57:23 -0800
Subject: Attention: My Dear

Attention: My Dear,


Information reaching us from our corporate headquarters now, states
that you only have 48hours to effect payment for the activation of
your MTCN to enable you cash up your first $5000:00 from your total
(fund) since you are finding it difficult to make this payment we have
decided that you are to go ahead and pay whatever you have for the
activation fee since you are not able to come up with the required
sum, time is of the essence here.

You are to pay what ever you have for the activation fee; we will
activate your MTCN upon receipt of this payment. here is the payment
for the $5000:00 usd with the name of our Assistant Accountant officer
but you can not pick it up because the chairman of the WESTERN UNION
say that before you pick that money you must pay any amount you have
at hand out of listed Amount bellow,CONTACT ON ;+22999864328.Remember
that you can not pick up the money due to it is unhold and you can
also Tracking it right now with our website
before you going to Western Union to send the tansfer charge of any
Amount you have at hand out of listed mount.

Sender name:--------Frank Benson
MTCN number:-------360148476
AMOUNT --------$5000:00 USD

Be informed that you will have to pay the balance sum of your
activation upon cashing up of your first $5000:00 USD, also I am using
this medium to inform you that failure to pay the balance sum will
leave us with no option but to deactivate your MTCN of which you will
and can never cash up the balance sum I want you to send the renewing
and transfer fee with the information bellow.

So use this name and Address of our Accountant officer to send any
Amount you have at hand out of listed amount bellow,

1.receiver name:...Innocent Cheta Republic. :...........Cotonou
4.test question:....when?
5.test answer:.....Now
6.sender name Address.....
7.amount you Sent $50.00usd, $78.00usd or $120.00 usd,send it through
Western Union Or MONEY GRAM

send us the MTCN number immediately you send the money and immediately
we confirm the transfer fee we will send you the first receipt of your
$5000:00 today and not tomorrow With best Regards contact this
+22999864328 DR.FRANK BENSON Western Union office Benin republic for
your payment Cell Phone; +22998419778. Email/

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