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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. Nolay Allen" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2018 03:49:02 +0200
Subject: Your Urgent respond is highly needed.

I am Mr. Jerry ,

here in the United State Texas western union office receive
fund alert signal sum of six hundred and fifty thousand united
state dollars ($650,000.00) on your name from Mr. Donald Waddle ,
a business partners for compensation your past effort.

Wait to hear from you upon receive of this email on how you are
going to receive it bit by bit with western union outlet/office
or by check.
I am at office you can text me or email me :
( at (810)510-0307.

Mrs. Nolay Allen
USA western union
Text (810)510-0307

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