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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 Settlement Office <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:07:09 -0800
Subject: Congratulations on Your Settlement...

Western Union Office
Rue du Dr. Crozet
Immeuble XL
Abidjan, Plateau
Ivory Coast

Congratulations Dear Esteemed Customer,

You have been recalled as part of the people to receive a share of the $586 Million Western Union Settlement. The offer is part of a $586 Million settlement between the Federal Trade Commission and Western Union, however at this stage all Online Claims through the FTC Website have been closed due to the LAPSE in Government Funding, therefore Funding will continue and proceed ONLY by Western Union itself.

For more info:

Western Union Manager Ben Rieling is assigned to your file and to complete a total payment of $24 Million Dollars as your share of the Settlement. Your first payments will be sent to you via Western Union Money Transfer in sums of $5,000 per transaction and the rest via a Bank to Bank Transfer.

Your first payment is Available for pick up by the receiver but you can not pick it up until we apply the payment to your address after you complete the Tax Insurance charges of $154 Only.

You can confirm your first payment with the below instructions.

1. Open website:

2. Enter Tracking Number: 6159795400

3. Click Track Transfer to confirm by yourself.

To activate your first payment of $5000, you will need to settle the Tax Insurance Charges of $154 Only. It will take only one hour to activate your payment and you will receive your first payment today.

You are therefore recommended to send your fee immediately through either RIA Money Transfer, Money Gram Or Western Union to the following security detail:

Receiver's Name: Clay Tambi
Country: Ivory Coast
City: Abidjan
Question: Trust?
Answer: God
Amount: $154
Sender's Name:
Sender's Full Address:

We are urgently waiting for your payment details alongside a copy of the payment receipt today.

Best Regard
Contact Dr. Ben Rieling
Call Or SMS. +225-796-300-70
The Management Of Western Union Office.
(Moving Money For Better)

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