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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.nombo" <>
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2021 09:30:46 +0100
Subject: Your full Compensation payment.


Dear Western Union Customer, You have been awarded with the sum of
Seven Hundred Thousand United State Dollars ($700, 000, 00) by our
office, as one of our customers who use Western Union in their daily
business transaction, your full Compensation payment.

This award was been selected through the World Bank in-con-join with
the Burkina Faso chambers of commerce, where your e-mail address was
indicated, notified. Please provide PASTOR DAVID WILLIMS with the
following details listed below so that your fund will be remitted to
you via Western Union.

1. Full Name:
2. Address:
3. Country:
4. Phone Number:
5. Occupation:
6. Copy of passport:

Western union Email address :( As soon as
these details are received and verified, your fund will be transferred
to you online transfer to your country without any problem. Thank you,
for using western union!

Yours Faithful
Mr. Juan Nombo

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