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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: "Mrs.Rebecca Alade" <>
Date: Sun, 30 May 2021 18:56:07 -0700
Subject: MTCN; (553-957-5143)

Dear Beneficiary

We write to inform you that we have already sent you $5000 USD dollars
through Western Union as we have been given the mandate to transfer
your full compensation payment of $10.5,000.00 USD via Western Union
by the United Nations, So we decided to email you the MTCN and
sender's name so you can pick up this $5000 USD to enable us send
another $5000 USD by tomorrow as you know we will be sending you only
$5000 USD per day.

Please pick up this information and run to any Western Union Office in
your country to pick up the $5000 USD and email us back to send you
another payment tomorrow.

email us once you picked up this $5000 USD today.Here is the western
union information, you can also track it on-line

Sender’s First Name____STEPHEN
Senders Second Name____KRUEGER
Senders Country Benin Republic
Text question___When
Amount$ 5000
MTCN; (553-957-5143)

Mean while you are advice to email the customer care if you develop
any problem in picking up the funds.

Best Regards
Mrs.Rebecca Alade
Email: {

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