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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: "Mrs.Baraka Asad" <>
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2022 12:54:30 +0100


I have contacted you because your first payment of $ 6,000.00 is about
to sent today from your compensation winning funds for a total amount
of $2.5 million USD, therefore you should contact the Western Union
Director, Dr.David Patrick, for the transfer payment information and
MTCN to collect $6000.

Western Union Director: Dr.David Patrick

Remember to reconfirm your receiver's details.

Your full name:______
Phone number:____

Please try to contact her today for him to furnish you with the
payment information also remember to indicate the registration code of
EB-4560 to him when e-mailing him, perhaps he will be sending you
$6,000.00 daily as per my discussion with him.

Do get in touch with me once you have gotten the transfer.

Mrs. Baraka Asad
From Ministry of Finance

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