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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.Douglas Shulman" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 14 May 2018 01:03:17 -0700
Subject: Esteemed Customer

Esteemed Customer

You have been awarded $1.500, 000.00 through Western Union Money Transfer
for compensation to retain the good image of this country.

Send your receiving information at ( you have to
be receiving a maximum of $6000 USD each day until the whole of $1.5M USD
transfer complete. Contact the Western Union office immediately and also
send your receivers information to start receiving your payment such as,

Receiver name,_______

Director, Mr. Gilbert Geoffrey:
Contacting Western Union email..(

Yours sincerely,
Mr.Douglas Shulman

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