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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.JOHN OLU" <>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2022 09:48:25 -0700
Subject: Attention:Beneficiary

Good Day,
I have deposited the check to the western union office . All you have
to do is to contact them at: ( ) they will give you
direction on how you will be receiving your payment daily.My
agreement with them is 5,000USD daily until the whole of $7.9USD is
paid to end.

You are expected to pay for the fee of stamp duty because all the
fee is already deducted but your can only pay for the stamp duty
charges from the funds once the remittance is done. The only fee you
will send to them before you pick up the payemnt is stamp duty fee
which is the amount $87 .when you contact the western union office,
try to ask them how to send this fee for stamp duty.
1. Name:____________________
2. Address:__________________
3. Country:___________________
4. Phone Number:_____________
5. Occupation:________________
6. Sex:_________________
7. Age:___________________

Email them with your full address, the contact person is Mr.Igwu
Godwin,this is there phone number;tellphon,(+2348084404457)
Thank you.Mr.Igwu Godwin,

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