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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: "Dr. Mrs. Faith Ezeh" <>
Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2013 10:21:59 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Good Day:

Attn My Dear,

I have deposited your funds today with Western Union Office and we
agreed up that the transfer of your $11.2M USD compensation fund
will take off today.So contact Western Union office with your full

(1) Full names:------------
(2) Phone line:--------------
(3) Country of origin:------------
(4) Age:---------------
(5) Occupation:--------------
Home address:-----------

Contact Mr. James E. Anderson
Tel: (+229 6850 5207
Email: (

Thank you,
Dr. Mrs. Faith Iwoego

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