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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. C. Douglas McMillon" <>
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2022 13:43:28 -0700
Subject: Pick up your $6000.00usd immediately.

Attention Dear,

This is to inform you that the Wal-mart office was instructed to
transfer your fund $1.4 Million Dollars compensating all the SCAM
VICTIMS, and your email was found as one of the VICTIMS by the America
security leading team and America’s representative officers. So you
will be receiving the sum of $6000.00 dollars per day. However be
informed that we have already sent the $6000.00 dollars this morning
to avoid cancellation of your payment, remaining the total sum of $1.4
Million Dollars.

You have only six hours to call this office upon the receipt of this
email the maximum amount you will be receiving per day “starting from
today is $6000.00 and the Money Transfer Control Number of today is

NOTE; The sent $6000.00 is on hold because of the instruction from
Wal-mart money transfer payment, they asked us to place it on hold by
requesting the (Clean Bill Record Certificate) in order to fulfill all
necessary obligation to avoid any hitches while sending you the
payment through Wal-mart Head Office money transfer, the necessary
obligation i mean here is to obtain the (Clean Bill Record

Below is the information of today, you may not be able to track it in
our website because the obligation has not been carried out. We
haven’t affected it online for security reasons, to avoid hackers
stealing the money online.

The money transfer is ready for pick up. Receiver should bring the
tracking number (MTCN) and government-issued ID to pick up money.

Sender's Name:... C. Douglas McMillon
Money Transfer Control Number: #933-593-251
Amount:......... $5,000
Country:........ California

We need the below details from you, to enable us fully activate the
payment to your name for it to reflect in your country's Wal-mart
office branch , and to update our file records:

Furthermore you are advised to call us as the instruction was passed
that within 6hours without hearing from you, Consider your payment
canceled. Number to call is the below listed managing director's
office of the release order Email them via immediately!!!

Dr. C. Douglas McMillon
( Western Union Mgr Benin Rep. )

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