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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: Brown Kuty <>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2022 08:47:14 -0700
Subject: Attention My Dear,

Attention My Dear,

Your first payment of $5000 has been sent today via western union. You
are advise to Contact western union with your full information to
enable them give you Sender Name, Question and Answer to pick up your
First Payment MTCN 5024442864, For more information contact Mr.James
Marco, Email ( ) or call +22991284452 he'll
keep sending you payment until your total fund is Completed $5.5usd

Best Regards,
Mr. Brown Kuty,

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