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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: western union office transfer <>
Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2022 23:50:31 -0700
Subject: Here is the information; MTCN #:121-593-2549 track it now

your first payment $ 5,000.00 Sent to your name today and Here is the
information; MTCN #:121-593-2549 track it now
with this link.ttps:// track
transfer I told him to keep on sending you $ 5,000.00 daily until the
payment of($ 1,200,000.00usd dollars) is completed transfer to you,
your first payment of $5,000 Refunded back do to clean bill record
certificate which will cost you a sum of $195

contact us only if you're interested to start receiving
your daily payment

your payment information
MTCN #: 121-593-2549
Sender: Jeremiah Uche
Amount: $ 5,000
Receiver: ***
Question: Brown
Answer: Yellow

Your full details are needed?
Names Your contact address
Your personal telephone number
Your Date of birth
Your Occupation
One Passport photographs or any of your valid Identity
Contact our office Phone call Number:
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