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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: Western Union Director <"www.">
Reply-To: "Mr. David Joe" <>
Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:19:18 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention: Fund Owner.

Based on the instruction passed to this Western Union Money Transfer department from the office of the Presidency Benin Du Republic, your total sum of $5,000,000 (five Million United States Dollars) can only be paid through this Western Union Money Transfer Department of Benin Du Republic. This is to help us check-mate all the fraudulent activities going on here in Benin Du Republic and Africa at large. You shall be paid bit by bit until your total sum is completely received by you at the Counter of Western Union Money Transfer right in your Country.

After the meeting that was held in the office of the Presidency Western Union Money Transfer (Benin Du Republic) in regards to this, we have agreed to pay you a total of $5,000 on daily basis until the funds is completely paid as agreed. Below is the Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN): (6389770375) For verification, or visit our official web site us/en/self-service/app/ tracktransfer.

Money Transfer Control Number: (6389770375)
Sender First Name: David
Sender Last Name: Joe

Note Do Reconfirm Below Information For security Purpose.
Full Name
Cell Phone Number

You can call Mr. David Joe for more verification in this matter
: +22999354114

Congratulations in advance.

Mr. David Joe
Western Union Director
Benin Du Republic

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