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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: Western Union <>
Date: Thu, 26 May 2022 07:18:28 +0100
Subject: Urgent Attention!


Western Union Money Transfer, in conjunction with the World Bank have
agreed to pay you a total sum of $350,000.00 USD compensation fund.
The compensation fund has been signed to be paid to you as a result of
all the money you have lost to scammers, your name appeared on our
payment schedule list of beneficiaries that will receive compensation
in this 2nd quarter payment of the year according to our money
transfer regulation, The sum of $5,000.00 USD or its equivalent in
your local currency will be transferred to you via WU every day until
all the $350,000.00 USD is sent across to you. We have registered your
first payment of $5,000.00 USD online through Western Union Money
Transfer, confirm your first payment with the instructions below,
click on this website:, then enter
this tracking number MTCN: 6017631030, As soon as you enter the
tracking number click "Track Transfer" to confirm by yourself.

These are the details you need to present to the western union agent.
Also go with your id card:

MTCN: 6017631030
Sender Name: Michael Wood
Amount sent: $5,000 USD.

Note: The sum of $125 will be paid for bond insurance coverage of your
fund before you will be able to pick up your first payment of $5000
and the fee can not be deducted from your compensation due to your
fund being under bond and security account so we can't take any money
from your total fund, after paying the $125 then you can go to any
Western union office in your area to pick up your first payment of

Yours sincerely,
Michael Wood
+229 568 888 07 call or WhatsApp

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