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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: "From Mr.Frank James" <>
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2021 22:12:50 -0800


We have deposited the check of your fund ($2.500`000`00USD) through
Western Union department after our finally meeting regarding your
fund,All you have to do, is to contact Western Union director Mr.Frank
James, E-mail:( ) (+229 53563654) He will give you
direction on how you will be receiving the funds daily.Remember to
send Her your INFO here below:

Receiver's Name_______________
Address: ________________
Country: _____________
Phone Number: _____________

To avoid wrong transfer such as,your urgent reply is needed today.

Mr Christopher George,
From the office of western union.

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