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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 MONEY TRANSFER OFFICE LONDON UK" <billmail@purcell.biz>
Reply-To: frank.dona_mail@yahoo.fr
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 10:42:44 -0800
Subject: WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER OFFICE LONDON UK.

WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER
122 BEVERLY COURT 982225
PMB 982225
LONDON UNITED KINGDOM
H. Q. D Zone 1
OUR REF: w.3522UM
Date:13th NOV, 2007.

Attention:

I am Dr Frank Dona, foreign remittance manager, western union money transfer
UNION london UK .i am being mandated to transfer the sum of $250,000.00
united states dollars to you which was returned to you from various african
financial crime busters authorities, as part of the money you were scammed
over the internet by some imposters who claimed to be government officials
residing in Nigeria and working as government officials. This imposter has
been arrested and his properties confiscated and sold. This fund was deposited
here in my office to transfer to you on getting a confirmation from you
that you are the true beneficiary of this fund.

You are requested not to waste time to get back to me via the email address
and mobile number : frank.dona_mail@yahoo.fr
mibile : +44-703-187-2264
As the MTCN pin has been allocated to this fund yet to be activated pending
on your response.

So I am looking specifically to hear from you as soon as possible.

Thank you and God bless

Dr Frank Dona
Foriegn Remitter.
Western Union Money Transfer,
LONDON UNITED KINGDOM.
MOBILE : +44-703-187-2264


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