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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.Irene Sibley" <>
Date: Sun, 3 Oct 2021 03:52:01 -0700
Subject: MTCN #--------------------236 015 2250


We have deposited the check of your fund ($9,700,000,00USD) through
western union after our finally meeting regarding your fund, All you
will do is to contact Western Union Director Mr.Howard Edward Email:( ) He will give you more direction on how you
will be receiving the funds $4000 twice daily. Remember to send him
your Full information to avoid wrong transfer such as:

Receiver's Name_______________
Address: ________________
Country: ____________
Phone Number: _____________
I.D Card:_____________

The first payment of $4000 is about to be send today in your name So
contact their Director Mr. Howard Edward as soon as you receive this
email or call him +234 9030191803 and tell him to give you the Mtcn,
to pick the $4000 Please let us know as soon as you received all your

Yours Faithful
Mrs.Irene Sibley

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