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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: John Spencer <>
Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2021 23:22:14 +0100

My Dear Friend.

I have contacted you because I have sent you the first payment of
$5,000.00 from western union office, the total amount of your funds is
$2.5, 000.00 which I have compensate you (Two Million Five Hundred
Thousand United State Dollar) Therefore you need to contact Western
Union Director Dr.Paius Sam in western union in charge of your
transfer payment slip, to give you the transfer payment information
and MTCN to enable you pick up the first transfer of $5,000. 00

Western Union Director: Dr.Paius Sam
Contact this Email: ( ) to get him immediately.
Office#: +229 9953-6583

Please try to contact him immediately today for him to forward the
MTCN information to you, indicate the registration code of WU-PJP-489
to him, when contacting or calling him +229 9102-4288, He will be
sending you $5,000.00 daily as per our bank discussion with him and
your Acc/Code is, Do get in touch with me once you have received your
money complete and try to send him all your information such as.

Your full name::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
your phone number::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
your address::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
your country: :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

Mr.Spencer John

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