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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: "MR,CHO ULA" <"WW.W.">
Reply-To: "MR,CHO ULA" <>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2017 01:23:20 +0900 (JST)

Attn Dear
We want to inform you that your $5000 has been release today from
western union and we want you to contact Dr Pard Moress immediately with this email
address (
Or the phone number(+22998608997)The western Union Office is needed your full information here.

Your Full Name____________
Your Country_____________
Your Phone Numbers____________
Your Age_______________
Your Occupation_______________
Your Sex

Immediately you receive this email try to Ask Dr Pard Moress, to give you the MTCN number for you to pick up your first payment of $5000 he sent to you.

The fund will be sending to you $5000 every day until the whole
Amount of $1.7Million USD will got Finish.immediately you pick up your first payment of $5000 dollar let me know

as soon as possible,for another payment of $5000 dollar Today.and again remember that the only fee you can pay is activation fee of your MTCN first payment,try to ask the Dr,Pard Moress,how much is activation fee of your MTCN first payment,and ask him where you can send it.

Thank You,
We wish You Good luck
Mr Mariki Uba is Depositor

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