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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: "Mrs. Jones Bryan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2018 15:25:21 -0800
Subject: Greeting, Compliment Of The Season,

Greeting, Compliment Of The Season,

I am Mrs. Jones Bryan the Managing Director Western Union Money Transfer office
i can be reached with +22969445956 or 0022969445956 The transfer of your fund has
commenced today with your first payment of $5,000 already sent as ordered by the
Federal Ministry of Finance From the fund origin Benin Republic West Africa.

Because of our end of year conclution we hereby today start transferring your total
fund of $1.5 Million United States Dollars which you shall be receiving $5,000 daily
untill the total fund is transferred completely.

Reconfirmed to us the below needed information to avoid wrong transfer of the fund.

1.Your full name................
2.Contact Address..........
3.Country Of Origin......
4.Private telephone number...................
5.Attached any of Your Identification Copy........

Make sure you call +22969445956 or 0022969445956 for more details about
your fund transfer today may God bless you and remain blessed.


Mrs. Jones Bryan
Western Union Money Transfer
+22969445956 or 0022969445956

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