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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: "Mr. Tzika Berkovich" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2018 07:20:43 -0800
Subject: YOUR (MTCN) NUMBER IS:863-190-1074

Good Day!

We have concluded today to effect your payment via Western Union $7500 daily until your total Inheritance fund of $2.700,000.00 is completely transferred to you. Now do contact us on(+234 8079 230 657) or ( for any question in case if problem occur in picking up your first payment from any western union in your city.

Sender======== Susan Paul
Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN) :863-190-1074
Question: Who Is Great
Answer: God
Amount: $7500.00USD

Use below this link to track Your MTCN Only then confirm your payment is available for pick before going to western union this is the link to confirm : us/en/self-service/app/ track transfer? Please fill this below information if you are having problem in catching up your first payment of $7500.00, so we can verify and solve the problem immediately.

Your name:...

Mr Tzvika Berkovich
Western Union Director

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