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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: S K <>
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2022 13:10:50 -0800

Dear Scam Victim Beneficiary,

This is to inform you that we have already sent you $5,000.00 USD through
Western Union as we have been Mandated by United Nations and ECOWAS which
are Supporting you Recover as a Scam Victim to Pay the Funds to you as
Compensation, to Transfer to you the Full Compensation Sum payment of
$1,500,000.00 via Western Union by this Government.

Western Union Money Transfer, in conjunction with the International
Monetary Fund(IMF) Reconciliation Committee, had agreed to pay you a total
amount of $1,500,000.00 Compensation Fund.

The Compensation fund has been signed to be paid to you for all the money
you have lost to Scammers and through internet Banking Frauds.

Your name appeared on our payment schedule list of Beneficiaries that will
receive their funds in this 1st Quarter Payment of the year According to
our Banking Regulation. We apologize for the delay of your Payment.

The Sum of $5,000.00 USD or its Equivalent in your Local Currency will be
Transferred to you via Western Union Every Seven Hours Each Day until all
the $1,500,000.00 Compensation Fund is sent across to you.

We have Registered your First Payment of $5,000.00 USD online through
Western Union Money Transfer.

Just confirm your first payment with the instructions below, Open this
website:, then click "Track Transfer, for you to see
the Status of the Transaction online.

As soon as you open the Website, Enter this Tracking Number(MTCN):892903----

In this regard, We decided to Email the Relevant Details for you to be able
to pick up this $5,000.00 USD to enable us to send another $5,000.00 USD by
tomorrow as you know we will be sending you only $5,000.00 USD Per Day.
After Receiving the remaining MTCN 4 Digits Code you can Track it at

Mr. Kosoco Alat
Tel: +233 207 619 006

Call or email the above details once you picked up this $5,000.00 USD

Here is the Western Union information to pick up the Compensation

Sender’s Name: MICHAEL AJAMU
Amount Sent $5,000
Mtcn# 892903----

For Security Reasons to enable you received the remaining MTCN 4 Digits
Code and pick up this $5,000.00 USD From our Head Office when you have
Contacted the Head of Remittance & Payment Department via the Contact
Stated Below and also do not forget to For re-confirmation of your details
fill in the form below.

(1) Your Full Name==================
(2) Mobile Phone Number=============
(3) Current Home Address============
(4) Country=========================
(5) City============================


Mrs Anthonia Favour
Western Union Agent Announcer

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