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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. Tone Mike" <>
Reply-To: "MR. Tone Mike" < >
Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2019 00:29:18 +0900 (JST)
Subject: GOOD DAY

Attention Beneficiary.

This is to inform you that after the meeting held in my office yesterday which consist between the
United States Embassy and the United Nations,
African ECO- WAS, we have concluded that you will be compensated with all the money you have
loosed in the hands of Africans and most especially BENIN REPUBLIC precisely.

We have deposited the cheque of your fund ($2.800`000`00USD) through Western Union department
after our final meeting regarding your fund, All you will do is to contact Western Union director
Dr.Duru Desmond via E-mail(

Tel:+234 9031293888,He will give you direction on how you will be receiving the funds daily.
Remember to send him your Full information to avoid wrong transfer
such as,

1. Your Full name....................
2. Your home Address.................
3. Your telephone number.............
4. A copy of your ID.................
5. Your age/sex......................
6. Your occupation...................
7. Your country......................

Though,Mr.Frank Wilson has sent $5000 in your name today so contact Dr.Duru Desmond or
you call him Tel:+234 9031293888,as soon as you receive this email and tell him to give you the Mtcn,
sender name and question/answer to pick the $5000 Please let us know as soon as you received all your fund,

Yours sincerely


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