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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: " A Miss,Josephine Udokanmadu" <"WWW.">
Reply-To: "A Miss,Josephine Udokanmadu" <>
Date: Sat, 8 Apr 2017 10:01:45 +0900 (JST)


This is from western Union International Money Transfer office Porto-Novo Benin Republic, The conclusion of the meeting on Wednesday by UNITED NATIONS and IMF OFFICE stated that you will be receiving your approved total sum of $2.7milion USD, under our custody which your first payment of Us$4,500.00 had been transferred, you have to contact Mr. Hugo Z. Fletcher the Western Union Director and ask him to give you the details of the payment once you reconfirmed him your details ASAP.

Note, below information is officially needed for the transfer of your First Payment.

1Your First Name..........
2Your Second Name.........
3Your Country...........
4Your City..............
5Your Question........
6Your Answer..........
7Your Telephone......

Information to contact Western Union Department:
Contact Director : Mr. Hugo Z. Fletcher
Contact E-mail (

I Look forward to hear from you so i will give you some details to pick up this first payment as well .

Best Regards,
Agent Miss,Josephine Udokanmadu
Western Union Head Office Cotonou -Republic of Benin.

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