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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: "Didier Marc Andre" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2018 01:24:16 +0700
Subject: Re: Positive Update .K

My name is Didier Marc Andre, the Western Union Analyst in Brussels. I bring to you a private business deal from my private email, requiring utmost confidentiality to actualize Retransmission (ARQ) success today.

Automatic repeat request (ARQ), is the resending of packets which have been either damaged or lost.. increasing numbers of unsuccessful transactions; most pending payments are unrealized willed funds, the initiator is late having nobody to redirect the transaction. My mission is to initiate Retransmission (ARQ) of €790,000 EUR in your name generating Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN) for collections through Western Union offices near you.

Please respond at your earliest convenience with your full name, complete address, direct cell phone number for SMS and constant conversation, attach your valid identity card.

Didier Marc Andre P.
Chaussee De Wavre 66
Agence Dediee Western Union
Brussels, Brabant 1050

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