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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,Ricardo Tanur" <"www.">
Reply-To: "Mr,Ricardo Tanur" <>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2017 10:43:18 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Your prompt response will be highly appreciated.

Attention Please.

Your prompt response will be highly appreciated.

Well, be informed that all you ought to do is to send us the below requested details to enable us proceed with your transfer today before it will be too late.

So please send us:

Your Receiver name:
Telephone/Cell Number:

The maximum amount you will be receiving per day is $5,000 and you are required to pay for your payment file validation fee, so contact Our director with your information and ask him how much is the fee, Thank You.

Note!!! The fund is originated as a compensation from ECOWAS (Economic of West African State) in the sum of$10.5Million USD.

As soon as we get these above details we shall proceed with the transfer immediately and send you the payment slip for confirmation.

Kindly help and assist us in the fight against scam Mr,Ricardo Tanur. emailing by adding this code of conduct (#MG/XXZCMTFX2017) in every email conversations to differentiate between our email and any other third party.

Contact Mr,Ricardo Tanur.
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