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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: Rev Bill Martins <>
Reply-To: Rev Bill Martins <>
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2019 19:55:46 +0900 (JST)


Call here: Cell Phone; +229-99915393. Information reaching us from our corporate headquarters now states that you only have 48hours to effect payment for the activation of your MTCN to enable you cash up your first $6,500:00 from your total (funds $3.5Million USD) and since you are finding it difficult to make this payment we have decided that you are to go ahead and pay whatever you have for the activation fee since you are not able to come up with the required sum, time is of the essence here.
You are to pay whatever you have for the activation fee and we will activate your MTCN upon receiptof this payment. here is the payment for the $6,500:00 usd with the name of our Assistant Accountant officer but you can not pick it up because the chairman of the Western union said that before you pick the money you must pay any amount you have at hand out of listed Amount bellow and contact us,
Remember that you can not pick it up the money due to it is on hold and you can also Track it right now with our website before going to RIA OR MONEY GRAM office to send the transfer charge of any Amount you have at hand out of listed amount.

Money Transfer Control Number (M.T.C.N):303 199 7252
Sender First Name:Elliott
Sender Last Name:Mazer
Amount Sent=$6,500 USD

Be informed that you will have to pay the balance sum of your activation upon cashing up of your first $6,500:00 USD, also I am using this medium to inform you that failure to pay the balance sum will leave us with no option but to deactivate your MTCN of which you will and can never cash up the balance sum and I want you to send the renewing and transfer fee with the information bellow and your total amount of your fund is $3.5Million USD. So use this name and Address of our Accountant officer to send any Amount you have at hand out of listed amount bellow,

1.receiver name:...Samuel Aronu
3 .city:...........Cotonou
4.amount you Sent $90.00usd,$75.00usd, $70.00usd, $90.00usd or$89.00usd,send it through MONEY GRAM Or RIA send us the MTCN number immediately you send the money and immediately we confirm the transfer fee we will send you the first receipt of your $6500:00 today and not tomorrow With best Regards contact Rev Bill Martins Western union office Benin republic for your payment Cell Phone;+229-99915393

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