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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: "Western Union" <>
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 2021 16:13:55 +0200
Subject: PAYMENT

Dear Beneficiary

This is to inform you that the America Embassy office was instructed to transfer your fund $1.5 Million U.S Dollars compensating all the SCAM VICTIMS and your email was found as one of the VICTIMS. by America security leading team and America representative officers so between today till December 2020 you will be receiving the sum of $5000dollars per day.However be informed that we have already sent the $5,000 dollars this morning to avoid cancellation of your payment, remain the total sum of $1.5 MUSD.

You have only 48 hours to call this office upon the receipt of this email the maximum amount you will be receiving per a day starting from today's $5,000 and the Money Transfer Control Number of today is below.NOTE; The sent $5,000 is on hold because of the instruction from IMF office,They asked us to place it on hold by requesting the (Clean Bill Record Certificate) in order to fulfill all the necessary obligation to avoid any hitches while sending you the payment through Western Union money transfer,the necessary obligation i mean here is to obtain the (Clean Bill Record Certificate) and it will cost you $155 only

Below is the information of today use this site to track it with only MTCN to see is In progress until you send the fee of $155 in other to you to pick up by the receiver,But if we didn’t Hear from you soon we'll pickup it up from line for security reason to avoid hackers stealing the money online.

Sender’s First Name: Jennifer
Sender’s Last Name: Giggins
Test Question: Color
Answer: Blue
Amount: $5,000.00
MTCN: 861-309-8908

We need the below details from you,to enable us place the payment to your name and transfer the fund to you.

YOUR FULL NAME:.............
YOUR CITY/AREA:............

Furthermore you are advised to call us as the instruction was passed that within 48hours without hearing from you,Count your payment canceled. Number to call is below

listed manager director office of release order:

Thanks Rev John Brown

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