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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 denmark Ben <>
Date: Sun, 5 Mar 2017 17:47:03 -0000


This is to bring to your notice that my office has taking over all the money
originated from any part of African/ Europe and Asia counties etc.
as Contract payment, Fund inheritance or Lottery Winning due to
Unauthorized/incapability of financial Institutions/security companies In
releasing such
huge sum of money due to Fraud, terrorist and money Laundry activities going
on world
wide. The World Bank Group has Mandated the Western union Benin via my Office
to release
funds to beneficiaries through transfer via Western union , Hence Your Name
appears as
one of the fund beneficiaries whom their fund was successfully cleared
recently From
Terrorist and Money laundry and your money will be released to you Through
Western union
money transfer service that will be cash able from any western union money
Transfer in
your country been the only way you would receive Your money to avoid paying excess
charges.Most importantly be aware that ($2.4Million USD) Only was allocated to

Therefore i want you to email Mr Kenneth Aka the Western union supervisor and
ask him to
give you the MTCN you need to pick up the first $5000 today and
note that they will send you $5000 every day till it completed the total amount of
($2.4Million USD) Call Mr Kenneth Aka now and ask him to give you
mtcn and every other information you need to pick up your $5000 today.Here is
what he
may require from you,

Your Receiver Name...
text Question.....

Note that the only what you will discuss with them is service fee which will
cost you
only $95.00,You will also be required to request Western Union details on how
to send
the required $95.00 in order to immediately release information you need to
pick up your
$5000 today , also include the following transaction code in order for him to
immediately identify this transaction : FG2976-453.

This letter will serve as proof that the minister of finances is authorizing
you to pay
the required $95.00 ONLY to Mr Kenneth Aka via information in which
he shall send to you, So contact him now on this webmail address:

Email; ( )
Contact person Mr Kenneth,

Thanks for your maximum cooperation.
Mr denmark Ben the minister of finan

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