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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: " wiiliamsremos" <"www.">
Reply-To: " wiiliamsremos" <>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:46:32 +0900 (JST)
Subject: attention please

There is an issue involving $4.7M USD which was called to Our Bank Societe
Generale de Banque au Benin (SGBBE) from THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF
FINANCE,BENIN REPUBLIC concerning your compensation of $4.700,000.00 USD.
The fund has been forwarded to Western Union Money Transfer payment head
office and An instruction has come directly from Mr. williams remos of
Ministry Of Finance.

He asked us to start sending your fund install mentally $5000 per day
through western union money transfer. This type of transfer means that you
will be receiving $5000 every day through western union until the total of
$4.7MUSD is completely transferred to you.

Today, our bank has effected your first payment of $5000 through western
union. Now you have to Contact,Mr. williams remos on his contact info
below as he is the person in-charge of your payment.

The Western union Agent is:
Name: Mr. williams remos.
Email: western.

Money sent Through Cornelis Zwaagstra, amount sent, $5,000.00 to you
today. So contact Mr. williams remos on above email address and tell him
to give you needed information for you to pick the $5,000.00 USD.

Reconfirm your address to him.
(1)Your Full name: ................
(2)Your Phone number: ...................
(3)Your Contact address: ..................
(4)Your Age: ....................................

You will also have to send them the RE-ACTIVATION fee of $105usd [as per
the instruction from the management ] Pls contact Mr. wiiliams remos. ASAP
and send him the fee for him to send you the MTCN,QUEST/ANS and SENDER
NAME for you to pick up your first payment of $5000 USD .

Get back to me on ( as soon as you receives
your first payment.

Yours in Service.
Edward Harris

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