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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 Maria Jonathan <>
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2022 01:39:43 +0100
Subject: Contact Western Union For Your Fund of ( $5.5 Million )

Attention Beneficiary,

We have deposited the check of your fund ( $5.5 Million ) through
Western Union department after our finally meeting regarding your
fund, All you will do is to contact

Western Union director Mr. Richard Brown
Phone Number +229 581 56524
via E-mail:( ).

He will give you direction on how you will be receiving the funds
daily.Remember to send him your Full information to avoid wrong
transfer such as,

Receiver's Name _______________
Address: ________________
Country: _____________
Phone Number: _____________
Occupation _______________
Your Age _______________
Sex _______________
Cope of ID _______________

Though, Mr.Richard Brown has sent $10,000.00 in your name today so
contact Mr. Richard Brown, as soon as you receive this email and tell
him to give you the MTCN sender name and question/answer to pick the
$10,000.00 Please let us know as soon as you received all your fund,

Best Regards.
Mrs Maria Jonathan.

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