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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. Donald Uche" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:56:04 +0100
Subject: Your Funds Transfer

Dear Approved Beneficiary,

We are happy to inform you that verification of your data was submitted to the American Consulate here in Benin for screening and all data have being confirmed correct to pay you a total sum of $1,200,000.00 USD as a result of your long due payment. We have been advised to proceed with your payment through Western Union Agent in African Development Bank . You will be receiving $5000 everyday as a result of Western Union laws and I have opened a daily installment account and deposited your $1,200,000.00, therefore kindly contact Western Union agent on bellow details and collect your first transfer slip to pickup your $5,000 USD.


Contact Person: - Lounis Dom
Telephone- +229-6159-0276

You can call him on above telephone number or email and send him the below information to enable him transfer the first $5,000 USD your city for your easy pickup at any western union location:

Your Receiver's Name: ----
Receiver's Address: -----
Direct Mobile/Home Phone: ------
Driven License/Passport Number: -----

The appointed Western Union agent from African Development Bank has being mandated to issue out your $5,000 USD payment on daily basis as a result of Western Union laws.

I wish you good luck,

Sincerely Yours,
Mr. Donald Uche

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