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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: Mrs Rose Moses <>
Date: Tue, 2 Apr 2013 16:00:14 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Your Payment Fund

Attention Dear;
Your payment $5000/$5000 each was sent to you today out of your total $15
Million through western union and this is the information to pick it up,Test
Question--In God? answer-We Trust,Amount-$5,000,00,Mtcn--825-032-1191 /
Senders Name;Ani Mike,you can also track it through western union
be sure, after that contact Mr. Joe Watson on his email:( ) Or call him immediately you pick up the 2
payment on this phone (+)229-9988-2965 for him to send you another 2 payment,
Best Regards
Mrs Rose Moses.

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