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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.larry udo" <"www.">
Reply-To: "Mr.larry udo" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2017 17:15:14 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention

Welcome to Western Union
Send Money Worldwide
Tel/ +229-60443798
Welcome to Western Union
Send Money Worldwide
Tel/ +229-60443798

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is compensating all the scam victims
and your email address was found in the scam victim's list. This Western
Union office has been mandated by the IMF to transfer your compensation to
you via Western Union Money Transfer.

However, we have concluded to affect your own payment through Western
Union Money Transfer, $5,000 twice daily until the total sum of $23,7m
is completely transferred to you. We can not be able to send the payment
with your email address alone, thereby we need your information as to
where we will be sending the funds, such as;

Receiver's name:...........
Id copy..............
Phone number:............

Note that your payment files will be returned to the IMF within 72 hours
if we did not hear from you, this was the instruction given to us by the
IMF. We will start the transfer as soon as we received your
information.For urgent inquiry, call +229-98171220

Mr.larry udo
Director Western Union Money Transfer,
Head Office Benin Republic:

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