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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. Philip Ezeson" <>
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2021 00:18:34 -0800
Subject: MTCN to pick up your first payment $6000 now

Attention Beneficial,

You have been awards ($3.700,000,00USD) through Western Union
department after our finally meeting regarding your fund, All you will
do is to contact c director via E-mail:( )

He will give you direction on how you will be receiving the funds
daily. My agreement with them is $6000USD daily until the whole funds
is transferred to you, Contact Western Union director Mr. Howard
Edward send him your Full information to avoid wrong transfer such as,

Receiver's Name________________
Address: ______________________
Country: ______________________
Phone Number: _________________
Your Occupation _______________

contact Mr. Howard Edward or you call him at +22954246179 as soon as
you receive this email and tell him to give you the Reference number.

Thank you.

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