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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: "Ms. Rosaline Adam" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Oct 2020 09:55:07 +0100


I have contacted you because I've sent you the first payment of
$5,000.00 today from
your compensation winning funds total amount of $1.5Million USD,
Therefore you need to
contact western union agent MR. KESH MOUHAMMED, for him to give you
the transfer payment
information and MTCN.

Western Union Agent: MR. KESH MOUHAMMED,
Phone number: +229 51253313

Please try to contact him today for him to furnish you with the
payment information
also remember to indicate the registration code of EB-4560 to him when
e-mailing or
calling him, perhaps he will be sending you $5,000.00 daily as per my
discussion with him.

Send him your Full information such as receiver name address to avoid
not releasing the payment to the wrong person.

Your Full Name:....
Your Address......
Your Country:......
Your Telephone......
Your Occupation:....
Your ID copy:.......

Do get in touch with me once you have gotten the transfer.

Ms. Rosaline Adam
Ministry of Finance Managing Director.

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