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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: "Dr. Robert Nnamdi" <>
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2021 16:12:00 +0100

How are you today?

I write to inform you that we have already sent you USD6,000.00
dollars through Western union as we have been given the mandate to
transfer your full compensation payment total sum of USD2.800.000.00
via western union by this government. Therefore you should call
Mr.Peter Williams to give you more information through phone or email
him immediately,and I decided to email you the MTCN and sender name so
that you will pick up this USD6,000.00 to enable us send another
USD6,000.00 today as you know we will be sending you only USD6, 000.00
per day.

Please pick up this information and run to western union to pick up
the USD6, 000.00 and call me back to send you another payment today,
My direct phone line is ;+234,81620-02966, or +234,81116-05447)
Manager Mr.Peter Williams Email: ( call or email
me once you picked up this USD6, 000.00 today.

Here is the western union information to pick up the USD6,000.00;
MTCN : 800-964-1816
Sender's Name: Samuel Chukwuma
Text Question: In God?
Answer: We Trust
Amount: USD 6,000.00

I am waiting for your call once you pick up this USD6,000.00,
Uba Bank

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