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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: "MR, LARRY PAUL " <>
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2021 06:36:24 -0700

Hello my dear, how are you today hope you are fine? I write to inform
you that we have already sent you $5,000 Unite State Dollars through
money transfer as we have been given the mandate to transfer your full
compensation payment worth the total sum of $6 v .4 Million Dollars)
Wal-mart money transfer by this States of Kansas United States,

I was been trying to send you an E-mail since yesterday for the
Wal-mart money transfer payment details but the message keep returning
back I don't
really know why, therefore I try to re-sending the e-mail to you again
today with all the Wal-mart money transfer payment information for you
pick up the money from any outlet Walmart money transfer around you,
such as MTCN and Sender's Name so that you will pick up this $5,000.
State Dollars to enable us send another $5,000 tomorrow as you know we
will be sending you only $5,000 United State Dollars per day.

Please copy all this information and run to any nearest Wal-mart money
transfer to pick up the $5,000. And call me back to send you another
payment tomorrow, Manager: Dr. Paul Larry, Email
walmartmoneytranfer@gmail.comonce you picked up this $5,000 United
State Dollars today,
Contact us with this email for your payment

Here is the Wal-mart money transfer information to pick up the
$5,000.United State Dollars

Sender’s First Name:____Paul
Sender's Second Name:____Larry
Sender's City/State: Kansas
Amount: $5,000
MTCN Number:___#933-593-251
direct phone numbers,7078582019./ 442 305 4441I am waiting for your
call once you pick up this $5,000. Please E-mail me your direct
telephone number because I need to be calling you once we send
any payment for the information. Note we really need your current
direct phone so that once we make any payment we shall call you for
the MTCN.

Contact us with this email for your payment
Yours in Service
Mr. Paul Larry

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