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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: Administrator <>
Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2011 20:41:47 +0300
Subject: Congratulations From Western Union European Union

I wish to inform you that we have Process your first payment of € 5,000
EURO.To track payment use before going to pick it
up Sender Name: Raymond John, MTCN 0534-12-(4 digit code),This funds was
given to you by the European Union With EURO BANK EUROPE to support
individual due to the worldwide economy meltdown,your email was luckily
picked among others,though we have provided you with only Six digits
because of security reasons so please contact me as soon as possible for
the last 4 digit code.We have been mandated to send you the total sum of €
1.500,000 Euro (One Million Five Hundred Thousand Euro Only) through
Western Union.You are Required to send Us Your Name, Address, Phone number
for more information.

Congratulations once again.
Western Union

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