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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: Mark Johnson <>
Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2013 13:07:09 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: urgent

This is to re-notify you that the $1.6million was deposited here in our
Western Union office in your name is available for pickup.we need your
full name,address,age and phone contact to enabel us send your funds
to you Contact

Rev Raymond paul
Tel: +22968717684

below is the information where you will send the transfer charge and
the manager will give all detail and information you will use to pick
your first payment.use this to send
the fee Receiver name------Emmanuel okeke. Country----BENIN,
City---COTONOU Question-----in God,we Trust ,,,, Amount--$195..MTCN-,
Hon Mark Johnson

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