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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: peter onyemachi <>
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2021 09:36:36 +0100
Subject: MTCN===========4148545819

Good Day ,

Western Union wish to inform you the United Nation and (ECOWAS) have
instructed us to send you the sum of $4.8M USD. $5,000 has already
been sent to you as first collection.

Sender Information’s HERE IS THE Available MTCN for pick up by receiver BELOW.

Sender name===========Mary Orona
Test question======== WHAT COLOR
Test answer:============ blue
Amount======== == = $5,000 00
Traking via

Payment Contact Agent Dr Wlliams

Tel: +22951876940

Best Regard
Mr Peter

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