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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: Sat, 17 Mar 2018 16:30:33 +0100
Subject: Attention to you personally:

Attention to you personally:

Are you ready to pick up this $5,000.00 sent today? We have concluded
to effect your payment through Western Union $5,000.00 daily until the
$1.6 Million is completely transferred. So you are advice to contact
the Western Union office Benin with below information;

Western union Agent: Dr. James Lee.
Tel: +229-67 29 25 42

Though, Sir. Peter Sam. sent you $5,000.00 in your name today in my
present, so contact him and tell him to give you the MTCN, Sender name
with the question and answer to pick up the $5,000.00 and then start
transferring your total money to you as I directed them. Finally, to
avoid anything happening to the money, I deposited it with an
insurance coverage.

Contact them now with your information as stated below.

YOUR ADDRESS:.........
YOUR COUNTRY:.........
YOUR AGE:.............

Dr Bill William.

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