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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" <>
Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2013 18:18:29 +0400
Subject: =?UTF-8?Q?Usted_gan=C3=B3_?=$ 300,000.00 USD

Deseamos informarle que hemos enviado 5.000 dólares a través de Western
Transfer Union Money, estos fondos se le dio a usted por las Naciones Unidas,
se nos ha instruido para enviar la suma de $ 300,000.00 USD a través de
nuestro servicio Western Union Money Transfer, es necesario que nos
proporcione su nombre, dirección,
y teléfono / móvil para que podamos procesar su primer pago de la suma de
$ 5,000 USD para you.MTCN Número: 0058866817

MR Omorogbe Amadin
Teléfono: 234-8058801548
Correo electrónico de contacto:

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