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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: OFFICE <>
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2021 07:50:56 +0100


This is to officially inform you that we have finally deposited the
check of your fund (4,500,000,00USD) through western union after our
final meeting regarding your own compensation payment, All you will do
now is to contact Western Union Director Mr.Kenneth Richard Email:.+1
206 201 1135
He will give you more direction on how you will be receiving the funds
on daily basis or wire transfer but Remember to send him your

Full information to avoid wrong transfer such as:

Receiver's Name====
Next Of Kin====
Date of Birth====
Marrital Status====
Email Address====
Phone Number====
Attach Copy I.D====

The first payment of $5,000.00 usd is about to be send today in your
name so contact the WESTERN UNION MANAGER in the person of Mr.Kenneth
Richard as soon as you receive this emailText or call Mr.KENNETH
RICHARD at .+1 206 201 1135 and tell him to give you the Mtcn#, to
pick the first,
Please let us know as soon as you received all your fund

Yours Faithful
Mr.Frank Ozor

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