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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. Mike oba" <"www.">
Reply-To: "Mr. Mike oba" <>
Date: Sun, 28 May 2017 09:57:17 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Welcome to Western Union and Ria Money Transfer Office!!!!

No.85Queen rue bph141 Kingston Street, Cotonou Benin EC4V
4AB save time, send money, earn rewards! money transfer is a service people
Trust ANNIVERSARY DAY Thank you for using Western Union and Ria money transfer!).

Welcome to Western Union and Ria Money Transfer Office!!!!

The International Monetary Fund Annual Compensation from USA. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is compensating some scam victims and your email address was found in the scam victims list. This western union®office and Ria Money Transfer Office has been mandated by the IMF to transfer your compensation to you via western union®Money Transfer.and Ria Money Transfer Office

Please contact Western Union and Ria Money Transfer Office for your fund worth sum of $4.800, 000.00 United State Dollar has been released and the transfer began today through Western Union and Ria Money Transfer and amount which you will be receiving each day is $5000.00 daily. we have send you first payment through western union®Money Transfer today and next payment will deposited through Ria Money Transfer

So contact with all your Transfer details as you requested. such as Your Receivers Name, Country, City, Telephone, Home Address

Have it in mind, there are some obligation in which you need to take Care of, you are to pay for the Transfer Fee of your fund Of $4.800, 000.00 Million United State Dollar and you are to pay the fee to FEDERAL MINISTRY OF JUSTICE (FMF) which will cost you sum of $175 USD,

here is the information of you first payment but you can`t pick it up at any Western Union now because of the needed amount of Transfer Fee

Sender's First Name: Marcel
Sender’s Last Name:Kimelman
MTCN: 8225648950
Test Question: IN GOD
Answer: We Trust

MTCN:# 8225648950 (Track the MTCN by visiting:::::::::

So you are highly advice to proceed to Western Union or Money Gram office near you and send the sum of $175 which is for the Transfer Fee of your total fund, note that the only thing holding us from releasing your first payment now is the amount being needed for the Transfer Fee And you are to follow up with the instruction being given to You and to enable you confirm your first payment today.

You are to use below information to send the needed amount of $175

Receiver Name ; Luke Eze
Country ; Benin Republic
City ; Cotonou
Text Question ; In God
Text Answer ; We Trust
Amount ; $175
MTCN Number..........
Senders Name.........

Email back with the MTCN Number and Senders Name as soon as you send the needed fee
to enable us proceed with your transaction.

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Mr. Mike oba Western Union and Ria Money Transfer Office Agent

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