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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: "William Gomez" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2019 12:38:36 +0200
Subject: YOUR $2.500,000.00 USD

Your Payment Available.
This is to acknowledge the receipt of your email and the content is perfectly noted
I am Mr.Albert Chang the United Nations Special Representative a citizen of
Netherlands I was posted here in Benin Republic for this special assignment
meanwhile it's my pleasure to meet you.
Pls: Be informed that I have received Immediate Order to release your US$2.500,000.00 USD
which was a compensation payment approved in your name by the United Nations during 2017
Annual meetings which take place in Lima, Peru and I was assigned to handle this project.
We have deposited your fund ($2.500,000.00 USD) through Western Union department after our final
meeting regarding your fund,
All you will do is to contact Western Union director:
Dr.Wike Ben
Call Him now with +229-6755-9971
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:
Receiver's Name ; ........
Phone Number:.............
Please let us know as soon as you received all your fund from the Western Union.
Mr.Albert Chang

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