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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. JOHN WILLIAMS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2019 02:23:35 -0700

Hello Dearest Customer ,

Compliment of the season, I am very glad to inform you about your Award fund of $3,500,000,00 USD which grant by United Nation to remain the good image of the World, This has been deposited to Western Union Office Benin Republic to pay you maximum of $5000 twice daily, All you will do is to contact Western Union Director: Mr. Howard Edward Email:( ) He will give you more direction on how you will be receiving the funds $5000 twice daily until you receive the total (Three Million Five Hundred Thousand) Remember to send him your Full information to avoid wrong transfer such as:

Receiver's Name_______________
Address: ________________
Country: ____________
Phone Number: _____________
I.D Card:_____________

The first payment of $5000 is about to be send today in your name So contact the WESTERN UNION Director: Howard Edward as soon as you receive this email or call him +229-6867-4072 and tell him to give you the MTCN to pick up the first payment of $5000 Please let us know as soon as you received all your fund,

Managing Director:Mr Howard Edward
Direct line: +229-6867-4072
office E-mail:( )

Yours Faithful
Mr. John William.

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