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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 17:57:01 +0100

Attention Customer:

Please we need your current home address and telephone number to
enable us start sending your USD $ 4.800,000.00 to you
through western union as we were instructed by IMF to be sending you $
5,000.00 each day till
the whole amount of USD $ 4.800,000.00 is completelly paid.
Call + 229 9621 7129 Dr.Jim Peter now and ask him to give you MTCN and
every other information you need to pick up your $ 5,000.00 today.

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Forward the information here ( Or Call Dr. Jim
Peter On telephone + 229 9621 7129 Thanks Mr, John Paul Director,
Chairman of the Compensation and Benefits Committee

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