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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. Brent Fischer" <>
Date: Sat, 26 Jun 2021 10:36:30 -0700
Subject: Pick up your MTCN Number___ 740 064 3290

Your Attention Is Needed

I write to inform you that we have already sent you $5,200.00 dollars
through Western Union as we have been given the mandate to transfer your
full compensation payment total sum of USD950,000.00 via western Union by
this government.
was calling your telephone number to give you the information through the
phone but you did not pick up my calls throughout yesterday, even this
morning. Now, I decided to email you the MTCN and sender name so that you
will pick up this $5,200.00 to enable us to send another $5,200.00 today as
you know we will be sending you only $5,200.00 per day.

Please pick up this information and run to western union to pick up the
$5,200.00 and call me back to send you another payment today, My direct
phone line is +229 69520954
once you picked up this $5,200.00 today. Here is the western union
information to pick up the $5,200.00,

Sender’s First Name____Brent
Senders Second Name____Fischer
Senders Country BENIN REPUBLIC
Text question___When
MTCN Number___ 740 064 3290

I am waiting for your call once you pick up this $5,200.00. Please email me
your direct telephone number because I need to be calling you once we send
any payment for the information

Mr. Brent Fischer

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