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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: "Mrs. Njide Adice" <>
Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2018 05:34:51 +0900 (JST)

Good Day Dear,

We have deposited the check of your funds ( $2.5 Million USD ) through Western Union department after our final meeting regarding your funds here, All you will do now is to contact Western Union director Mr.Carlos Wiggan via E-mail ( ). He will gives you more direction on how you will be receiving the funds daily.

Remember to send him your Full information to avoid wrong transfer such as,

Receiver's Name_________
Address: ________
Country: ____________
Phone Number: _____________

Though, Mrs.Stella Mark has sent $5000 USD in your name today so contact Mr.Carlos Wiggan or you call him +229-6916-7144, as soon as you receive this email and tell him to give you the Mtcn, sender name and question/answer to pick the $5000 USD Please let us know as soon as you received all your funds okay.

Best Regards
Mrs. Njide Adice.

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