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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: Hikmet Ersek <>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 07:50:19 -0600


You have been awarded a sum of US$5,500,000,00, by the Walmart Western
Union/ Money Gram 2021 Board Award Group, This award was selected
through automated Internet system and individually yearly draw randomly
across the global through emails and individual info used while
purchasing stuffs from Walmart stores across the United States and some
part of world that has an existing online and offline stores, This
yearly draw promotion which held once a year in the United States of
America and some other leading countries like United Kingdom /Asia and
some part of European countries. This award is sponsored by Western
Union and money gram award teams in conjunction with Walmart and Amazon
group of companies.

All participant were selected randomly through a computer ballot system
of different Email users and other info you registered during purchase
of stuffs online and from Walmart stores and Amazon stuff via online and
stores. over 1,000,000,00 unions and corporate bodies that are listed
all over the world and your Email ID happens to be among the lucky 100
Email,ID selected by the Award machine system from over one Millions
Emails that was used for the contest, this is how you won the prize of
Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars,

This message might be coming to you as a surprise but it is to notify
the Award Winners about the latest development concerning all the Award
that are left in our custody, which yours are inclusive. Hence our
Western Union is now offering a SPECIAL BONUS to help all the Award
Winners that are Listed to our Western Union Headquarters. In order
words we are now requesting that those involved should Urgently receive
their payments via new Western Union master card produced for the
payment of this award. Therefore you are advised to kindly confirm below
info for your immediate payment.

Please Reply back with the following details for your claims.

Your full name_______
Your address_________
Your country_________
Your age_____________
Your Gender____________
Your occupation_________
Your Cell number_________
Your Other Phone Number______
Your Private E-mail_________

Make sure you do not make any mistake with your information to avoid any
wrong payment. Call the Direct Manager with below Number for more
details. Or Reply back
as Instructed and use this code below as your subject...(WUMGWA/AWDS21)
For Verification.

Contact Person: Joyce A. Phillips
Director, Member of the Compensation and Benefits Committee and the
Corporate Governance, ESG, and Public Policy Committee
Email: ( )

Please make sure you are the only person accessing your email for
security reason.

Best Regards
Hikmet Ersek
Chief Executive Officer and Director of The Western Union Company

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