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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.David Green" <"WWWE...">
Reply-To: "Mr.David Green" <>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 06:02:23 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Hello Dear,

Hello Dear,

Welcome you from Western Union Money Transfer Head office Benin Republic, we are using this medium to update you of the New Development and Resolution that was passed today,The board of Power Authority of Justice Court Order Benin Republic have givens us instruction to notify your payment inherited funds of (US$12,000.000,00),After the meeting held on your behalf with order, This is to notify you about the latest development concerning your payments total sum of $12,000, 000, 00, which left into our custody, beside,the Power Authority of Justice Court Order has signed your funds to be starting transferring into your designated address without any further delay.Be inform that we Western Union Headquarter Benin Republic has been giving writing to keep posted for all our customer their name listed reference and your name is among,the purpose of this urgent information is to use it help all people failed into victims,meanwhile avoid delaying your fund total sum of $12,000,000,00,you
need to send us total amount of $75,due to you fund transfer access code, before starting sending your payment

For more than 150 years, the familiar signs of Western Union have stood as a trusted symbol for connecting friends, family and businesses around the world. Known today as an innovator in financial services, The Western Union Company has become an industry leader in global money transfer with over 410,000 Agent locations in 200 countries and territories,From the roots of our signature telegram business, we expanded and evolved our services in 1871 to offer electronic money transfer. Today, Western Union offers money order, money transfer, payment and prepaid services. While the telegram is a memory, we continue a long history of connecting people around the corner and around the globe with financial services that are fast, reliable and convenient.

Further more, you need to send the total sum of $75,00,right away to use it pursuing your fund transfer access code,because,all the Control numbers information, which you would be using to pick all your fund has been registered reference, because If you calculate what we have putting in, will know that you have gone too far to quit, After the payment sum of $75.00, you will start receiving your money every minutes or hours of your choice, $4,500 by western union until your total amount finished. More notification, you needed to fill reference form. Avoid releasing the paper into the wrong hands.

Your Full Name____
Your Full Address____
Zip Code____

Here is the agent receivers information where you will send the needed fee below:

Receiver's name_____PAUL EDE
Country______Benin Republic.
Text Question______When

The moment we receive the payment of $75 we will forward you the paper to be picking up your fund one by one, $4,500.00, for each MTCN, we are looking forward to hearing from you soonest.

Director (Mr.David Green)
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