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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.Don Alex" <>
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 03:17:13 +0800 (MYT)
Subject: Attention: Attention:

Attention My Dear,

You have been a lucky winner of $1.5MILLION from western union west Africa
continent as value

customer who use western union to transfer money from one country to
another. Right now your

first payment of $4000 Is about to send today through western union money
transfer You
are advise to Contact Mr Peter Charles with your full
information.such as

Your name......
Your country.....
Your phone number..
Your adders......

To Enable him send your First Payment of $4000 today.For more information
contact Mr Peter

Charles. Telephone number: +2347064258303.

Email ( he will keep sending your payment
until your total fund is

Completed $1.5MILLION.usd

Best Regards

Mr.Don Alex

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