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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 judge maxwell <>
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2021 07:16:08 -0700
Subject: Attention Beneficiary;


Congratulation? Your Email Has win $15.8 million USD From Western
union Department BGFI BANK,

You have been a lucky winner of $15.8 Million USD from western union
west Africa continent as value customer who use western union to
transfer money from one country to another. Right now your first
payment of $5000 Is about to send today through western union money
transfer. You are advise to Contact mr judge maxwell. with your full
information as below:

Your name......
Your country.....
Your phone number..
Your adders......

To Enable him send your First Payment of $5000 today.For more
information contact
Mr George Maxwell.. Telephon (+229)6882-4923.
Email( he will keep sending your payment until
your total fund is Completed $15.8 Million USD.

As this is right now we concluded to give you the Available MTCN which
you can track by yourself and find out that it is Available for pick
up by the receiver, but is on hold until you send the sum of $50 USD
for Upgrading your International File and i hope you know that the
MTCN supposed not to be complete but as we have programmed the payment
so i thought to show you the first payment tracking Available online
so that after we have received the Upgrading fee from you we can
release the MTCN on hold within 30 Minutes .

Best Regards
Mr George Maxwell
Head Of Operation,
Western union Department,

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