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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: "Mrs. Rose Ben" <"WWW.">
Reply-To: "Mrs. Rose Ben" <>
Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2017 20:32:41 +0900 (JST)
Subject: western union

From the desk of Rose Ben
I am here by apologizing for the delayed of your $9.800,000 00. nine million eight Hundred Thousand United State Dollars because I traveled out of country since and have been in Paris-France all this while; I just came back 2 days ago. However I asked Mr. Daniel Eze about your funds and he told me that you did not get the fund till this date. I asked him why and he explained to me that you couldn’t be able to pay the required fee needed to start releasing your payments. I ask him why they requested such huge amount from you instead of $85 I instructed him before I traveled. Right now the only amount you have to send to my (Secretary ETU JOHN ) is only $85 for the activation of your Western Union VAT File paper, to entitle you receiving your daily payments till done?

The $85 should be sending to below:

Receiver: ETU JOHN
Country: Benin
Sender name:

So you are to re-confirm to them the below information,

Your. Receiver
Your. Country
Your. City
Your. Tel
Your. Test question
Your. Answer
Your. Passport

Be advice that after this very $85, therefore will be none payment from you again than your daily confirming payment of $9.800 till the whole $9.800,000.00 is completed. My word and order to the western union Manager Director is that you should pay only bet $85 no more no less. Therefore if anybody asks you for any additional payment after you paying $85, kindly report to me because the person has cross line of my orders. Please I’m real sorry for the inconveniences this delayed might cause to you.

Mrs. Rose Ben.
Tel Text only (201) 777-1364

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