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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. JOHN GREEN " <>
Date: Sat, 20 Mar 2021 03:15:48 -0700
Subject: YOUR MTCN NUMBER:446-010-9854

Your $1.2m USD under our custody which your first payment of Us$5000.00 will been transferred, you have to contact Barrister Dr.John Holland the western union Office manager and ask him to give you the details of the payment once you reconfirmed him your details ASAP, track your payment with this link.ttps: // transfer I told him to keep sending you $ 5,000.00 daily until the payment of ($ 1,200,000.00
usd dollars) is completed transfer to you and again forward them your telephone number and
address so that they will be sure.

your payment information
MTCN #: 446-010-9854
Sender: Sylvester iheachor
Amount: $ 5,000
Receiver: ******
Question: Transfer code
Answer: 001

1Your First Name..........
2Your Second Name.........
3Your Country...........
4Your City..............

Contact Dr. John Holland,on this
E-mail Only (
Contact our office Phone Number: +15802384049
you can reach me Mr JOHN GREEN with this phone Number
Thanks and hope to read from you soon,

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