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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 UNIONN OFFICE" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2017 10:38:19 +0100


You have been awarded a sum of US$2,950,000,00 by the Western Union 2017 Board Award Group, This award was selected through automated Internet
system drawn randomly across the globe, This was an Email draw promotion which was held in USA/West Africa/Asia/South Africa/and Europe/ The WESTERN UNION BOARD AWARD Group is sponsored by Chevron oil and Gas Company and others from unconventional oil resources and other international companies

Winning expiring date 24th of December , 2017. Your /Approval No; UN5685P/ ODDS Of Winning/258,890,850/
Reference No.-35460021/Certificate of Merit Payment No: 103, Released Code No: 0763/ Ticket No: 190/Batch No: ES / 400/12
Identification No: CIM-2079/ Contact our fiduciary Agent below with your winning number: OL/456/050/006.

Please Contact Director Robert Emerson with the following details for your claims.
Your full name_________________
Your address___________________
Your country___________________
Your age_______________________
Your Sex_______________________
Your occupation________________
Your Phone number_____________

Make sure you do not make any mistake with your information to avoid any wrong Claim. Call the Direct Manager with below Number Mobile:+1(229-231-6899), for more details. Or Email Him as Instructed and use this code below as your subject...(WU/AWD221) For Verification. contact The award Online Lotto Agency for Your Claim.

Online Lotto Agency.
Mr Robert Emerson,
Director of winning claim department.
Hotline ..+1(229-231-6899)
Direct Line: +1(424-292-4179)
Office: (

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