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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:

Date: Thu, 6 May 2021 23:55:38 -0700
Subject: Attn: Beneficiary,

Attention; My Dear,

This is to inform you that we have sent your first payment of
$5,000.00 (Five Thousand dollars) through WESTERN UNION as we have
been given the mandate to transfer your full compensation fund of
$2.5Million Dollars via WESTERN UNION by the United Nations
Government. I called to give you the information through phone but we
could not reach you even this morning.So,I was instructed to email you
the payment information which include Reference (Money Transfer
Control Number) and sender's name,so that you can pick up your payment
of $5,000.00 to enable us send another payment of $5,000.00 by
tomorrow as you know we shall be sending you only $5,000.00 per day.
Please copy this payment information below and go to any Western Union
office/outlet closer to you to receive this payment of $5,000.00 and
get back to us to send you another payment by tomorrow.

For the proof to you enter the (MTCN) number # 6266221734 to our
transfer tracking website:( Enter
sender's last name. Peter and click tracking and it will show you that
your funds is available for you to pick up.

MTCN: 6266221734
Question= What Color
Answer= White
Amount Sent: $5000

Call or email this office as soon as you have received this payment
you can also track your payment on line by login to
( before you go to any western
union money transfer close to you to pick the money.

Fill The Form Below

4. Phone Number:

Best Regard,

Dr. Daniel Ben
Email:( )
Telephone: +229-68825316

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