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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. Kraft Timo" <>
Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2021 10:44:43 +0100
Subject: Good day,

Good day,

We have concluded to send your payment through Western Union money transfer
$6,000.00 daily until the total fund of ($3.7MILLION ) is completely
transferred. Meanwhile, MR. Howard Edward will commence your daily transfer
sum of $6,000.00 daily in your name once you are in contact with him.

CONTACT PERSON: Mr. Howard Edward
Tel: (+229) 6731-8042
Email Address:(
<> )

Please remember to Call and ask him to commence your daily transfer and
give you sender name together with question and answer to pick up the first
$6,000.00. Also you should send him your information to cross check it to
avoid mistakes.

Receiver's Name________________Address: ______________________
Country: ______________________Phone Number: _________________I.D

Call Mr. Howard Edward or WhatsApp him (+229) 6731-8042 as soon as you
receive this email and tell him to commence your fund daily transfer and
provide you sender name and question/answer together with MTCN to pick the
first $6,000, Please let us know as soon as you received all your fund.

Best Regards.
Mr. Kraft Timo

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