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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: Office File <>
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2020 18:45:19 +0100
Subject: =?UTF-8?Q?Re=3A_Your_first_payment_of_=245000_is_ready=E2=80=8F_MTCN=3A=2D=2D9?=


How are you doing today? I write to inform you that we have already sent
you $5000.00usd dollars through Western union as we have been given the
mandate to transfer your full compensation payment total sum of $5 Million
USD via western union by this government. I was calling your telephone to
give you the information through phone but you did not pick up my calls
through out that night.

Now I decided to email you the MTCN and sender name so that you will pick
up the $5000.00 usd to enable us send another $5000.00 usd today as you
know we will be sending you only $5000.00 usd per day and it was agree that
you will pay the sum of $150 USD before they will release the payment of

Track the information now to see that it is there.

Noted that only fee you are to send to them is for your fund Reactivate fee
it will not cost you more than $150 USD only that is all. to easy you pick
up the first payment the sum of $5000 today as soon as possible you comply
back the instruction give to you for immediately start making use of your
first payment sent today. &origination=US

Sender's First

Sender's Last





Here's the info to send the $150 USD

Receivers name......
Country................. Benin Republic
City............... Cotonou
Question: When?
answer: Today
Sender.... Name
Sender.. Country

Be advise that the $150 USD is a compulsory as they told me that is only
money you will pay until you receive your payment completely and you have
to re-confirm your full Name and home address and direct phone number to
avoid any wrong deposit okay. I am waiting for your call once you pick up
this $5000.00usd, Please email me your direct telephone number because I
need to be calling you once we send any payment for the information. please
follow our instruction you will never regret knowing me in your life then,
you will receive your first of $5000.00 within 45 minutes after receiving
the money from you

Here is the information the western union office need from you....

your full name__
your country__
your phone numbers_____
your age__ yrs.___
Your occupation____

Director: Ezechucks Solomon
Try to call him with his cell phone number +229 -51036015 WhatsApp number

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