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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. Glen Moore" <>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2021 14:00:22 -0800
Subject: MTCN # 075-383-2429.

This is very urgent , our Operation manager has sent your first
payment of $2500.00 today. Here is what we needed from you to complete
the transfer,Your Full Name, Your Current Address, A Scan Copy of Your
Valid ID and Your Cell Phone Number.

Noted: The only required fee is Reactivate Transfer sum of $50 iTunes card 0nly.

Use the blow our Website and track your payment

MTCN # 075-383-2429.

Sincerely Yours,
Mr. Glen Moore
Phone: +229-6071-4827
Thank You for using Western Union Money Transfer.

CONFIDENTIAL NOTICE: This email message, including any attachments, is
intended only for the use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain
information that is privileged, confidential and prohibited from
unauthorized disclosure under applicable law. If you are not the
intended recipient of this message, any dissemination, distribution or
copying of this message is strictly prohibited. If you received this
message in error, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy
all copies of the original message.

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