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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: "Director Western Union Mr Eric Samuel" <"">
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2023 19:10:05 -0500
Subject: Your First Payment of $5000 is ready for your pick-up Here is your

Hello, Beneficiary E-mail ,

This is to inform you that this office was instructed to pay your fund
$8.5 Million U.S.A Dollars by America security leading team and America
representative embassy between now until end of AUGUST 2022 Because we are
working on our annual Country Calculation, so that we can be able to make
next year budget, as per day you will receive the sum of $5,000 Dollars,

However be informed that we have send the sum of $5000 Dollars this
morning to avoid cancellation of your payment you have only 48 hours to
call this office upon the receipt of this email the maximum amount you
will be receiving per day starting from today First $5000 in three
different payments and the Money Transfer Control Number of today is

Here Is The Senders Information You can track it by typing :
then you enter this MTCN NUMBER:::::9976738912,
Sender's First Name:___ Steven
Sender's Last Name:_____ Gabriel
Question....What Color?

Once again be advice to reconfirm your information such as;

(Receivers name)............
( Address)..................
(Phone Number)..............
(Your Age...................
(ID copy)............. .....

Director Mr Eric Samuel of release order
Phone Number: +229 64784435. for Text SMS..
E-mail address:

Thanks and my regards
Mr Jose Eldridge.

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