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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: "Mrs.Laakia Ali" <>
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 00:48:54 +1300

Attention My Dear,

Your compensation winning prize for the first payment of $6000, is
about to be sent today through Western Union international transfer,
You are advised to contact Western Union office director Dr.David
Patrick with your full information.such as
Your full name ..........
Home address: .........
Your country ...........
Your city ..............
Telephone ......
Occupation: .......
Age: .................. ..
To enable him to send you MTCN to pick up $6000 today.For more
information contact Dr.David Patrick, Telephone number: +229-51253313
Email ( he will keep sending
you payment until your total fund is Completed 2,500,000.00 USD.

Best Regards
Mrs.Laakia Ali
From Ministry of Finance

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