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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. Mike Anderson" <>
Reply-To: "Mr. Mike Anderson" <>
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2018 09:43:39 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Attention beneficiary

My Dear,

You have been awarded with the sum of Nine Hundred Thousand United State Dollars ($900,000,00 ) by our office, as one of our customer who use Western Union in their daily business transaction.

This award was selected through Benin Republic chamber's of commerce, where your e-mail address was indicated and notified. Please provide Mike Anderson with the following details listed below so that your fund will be remitted to you via Western Union.

1. Full Name:-----------
2. Address:-------------
3. Country:-------------
4. Phone Number:--------
5. Occupation:----------
6. Copy of passport:----

Director: Mr. Mike Anderson
Email address:( )

As soon as your details are received and verified, your fund will be transferred to you. Thank you for using western union

Yours Faithful
Mrs.Tina Norman

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