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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: =?UTF-8?B?d3d3Lndlc3Rlcm51bmlvbsKu?= <>
Date: Sun, 5 Sep 2021 02:30:57 -0700
Subject: $500, 000, 00


Note that WU management has call it a day to reward all those that
were using western union for they business transactions and have plot
out the sum of $500, 000, 00
as a bonus and you happen to be the lucky one while the only thing
required from you now to enable you receive western union gold card
which you will use to
withdraw all your money is follows,

Your full name:
Your address:
Your tel-phone:
Your country:

Note that once the above mentioned details is provided by you within
48hours you will receive your western union gold card loaded with your
$500,000,00 and you will
start withdrawing it as soon as you wish and use it for your shopping
Nevertheless having said all this you will have to pay $50 for the
card activation before you can be able to make use of your western
union gold card, The fee payment can be made through our bitcoin
deposit address which will be giving to you if you requested for it or
buy Google Play Card Or Steam wallet card or iTunes Card worth of $50
USD and send the scan copy of the scratched card.

Hope to hear back from you now with the above listed info,
Yours sincerely WU management
Mr Peter Hill

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