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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:

Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2019 10:12:42 +0300

The Owner of this email Address,
There is an issue with the WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER in the amount
of $2.5m USD directed in cash credited to file # KGU/8020182590, at
the owner of this email address.
This is to inform you that our presidency held meeting with director
of ministry of finance on Monday concern your money, all the
conclusion is that you will be receiving your money through western
union money transfer and the amount is $5000.00 everyday till your final
now contact Western union with this back;
E-mail (
Dr,Lucas William
Phone number+234-812-758-4797
I will get your file renew so that I will start sending your funds to
immediately to enable you pick you first payment today till the
$2.500.000.00 us dollar got finish
Now you will start receiving $5000.00 everyday through
western union money transfer after the renewing of your payment file,
remember that the amount you will receiving everyday starting from today
$5000.00 per day.Get back to me immediately you receive it to send you
another $5000 tomorrow, fill this information and send it back to me
(1) FULL NAME .................
(2) ADDRESS ....................
(3) COUNTRY ...................
(4) PRIVATE TEL ................
(5) PRIVATE FAX ...............
(5)YOUR FILE NO.... KGU/8020182590

Best Regard
Mr Mikel Paul

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