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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 Director Eric Samuel <>
Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2023 23:33:19 -0700
Subject: Your First Payment of $5000 is ready for your pick-up Here is your MTCN:::9976738912

Dear Beneficiary Your Urgent Response is needed.

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 2023 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

You can track it by typing :
then you enter this MTCN NUMBER:#5217894893
Sender's First Name:_ Moses
Sender's Last Name:___ Egini
Once again be advice to reconfirm your information such as;

(full Name*:
(Your Address*:
(Your Country*:
(Phone Number*:
(Your Age*:
(ID copy*:
(Email Address*:

Director Mr Eric Samuel of release order
Phone Number: +229 64784435. Contact our office Phone Number: +1(334)
595-9895 Text SMS..

NOTE: That your payment files will be returned to the United States
Treasurer Departments account within 48hours if he didn't hear from you
because this was the instructions given by Federal Minister Administrator
Trust Fund. Mr Eric Samuel furnish your payment to you as soon as he
receives reconfirmation of your above information and your Transfer Permit
and Fund Release Order Certificate charge fee.You are hereby warned not to
communicate or duplicate this message to anyone for security reasons due
to Fraud.
Mr Hikmet Ersek.

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