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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: "Dr Solomon" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2019 10:37:52 +0300
Subject: Western Union Money Transfer

Good day, Please we need your current home address and telephone number to
enable us start sending your USD $2.5m to you as we were instructed
by IMF
to send you $5000.00 each day till the whole amount USD $2.5m is
Call Dr Solomon Ebere now and ask him to give you MTCN and every other
information you need to pick up your $5000.00 today. Here is what he may
require from you.
Your Receiver name-----------
Your Country-------------------
Your City-----------------------
Your Phone No-----------------
Your Id-------------------------
Your Gender--------------------
Forward the information here ( Or Call Dr Solomon
On tele phone @ +2348061566648
Barr Chris Olis

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