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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: pc <pc68954@gmail.com>
Reply-To: departmentwestern.union@yahoo.no
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2011 23:14:55 +0530 (IST)
Subject: CONTACT WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER AS SOON AS YOU RECEIVER THIS MASSGE.


Dear Friend
 
How are you today? This is to bring to your notice that your winning Price of $1.5,000USD has been forwarded to Western Union Money Transfer for immediate transfer to you as soon as you meet up with the directives of the Board.Contact them on.
 
DR.PAIUS SAM
FORIGN OPERATION MANAGER
WESTERN UNION OFFICE
Tel:  +229 9941-3881
Email:( departmentwestern.union@yahoo.no )
 
Reconfirm to them your full name and location for urgent transfer of your Fund TO YOU Because Paius sam IS Incharge OF Your MTCN Number.

your Name
your Phone Number
your country
your ocupation
 
Yours in Service,     

MR Peter P C

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