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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.Douglsa Beck" <>
Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2021 07:11:49 -0800
Subject: HELLO


I'm western union Agent Mr.Douglas Beck first payment of $5000.00 has
been sent today via Western Union. You are advise to Contact WU Agent
with your full information to enable them give you Sender Name,
Question and Answer to pick up your First Payment MTCN= 758-080-8897
,And you will be receiving $5000.00 everyday till it get to the total
amount of your funds $7.5 million united state dollars For more
information contact Mr.Douglas Beck. Tell: +1 774 347 7741 Email:
( he'll keep sending you payment
until your total
fund is Completed
1. Your receiver's name=====
2. Your country========
3. Your city========
4. your address=====
5. Your telephone=====
6.your id=======

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