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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: Bonds <>
Reply-To: "" <>
Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2018 21:12:43 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention to you personally:

Attention to you personally:

My dear be informed that you have been awarded Two Million seven Hundred thousand United State Dollars ($2,700, 000, 00)Charity Fund by United Nations (UN)organization has been deposited to Western Union for immediate transfer, The payment will be sent to you instalmentally by western Union, the amount you will receive per each day is $5,000.00 .

Are you ready to pick up this $5,000.00 sent to you today? We have concluded to effect your payment through Western Union Money Transfer, and to send $5,000.00 daily to you until the $2, 700 Million is completely transferred to you.

So you are advice to contact the Western Union office Nairobi Kenya with below information,

Western union Agent:Contact Person: Pastor Mark,
Contact E-mail:( )
Contact Phone Number +254738094587
Western Union Department Nairobi Kenya (East Africa)

Pastor Mark, 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 full name...........
Your Phone number......
Your Country ......

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs Bonds.

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