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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 Llyod Pfeiffer" <>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2010 18:49:31 +0700

I write to inform you that we have already sent you $5000.00 USD dollars
through Western Union as we have been given the mandate to transfer your
full compensation payment of $2.100, 000,00 USD via Western Union by the
United Nations Government.So I decided to email you the MTCN and sender
name, so you can pick up this $5000.00 USD to enable us send another
$5000.00 USD by tomorrow as you know we will be sending you only
$5000.00 USD per day. Please pick up this information and run to any
Western Union in your country to pick up the $5000.00 USD and call me back
to send you another payment tomorrow.

Manager: Mr. Llyod Pfeiffer

Call or email me once you picked up this $5,000 USD today.
Here is the western union information ,you can
also track it on-line @

Sender Information's
Sender first name = Mohamad Fezree
Sender last name= Bin Wahab
MTCN;= 160-219-7746
Amount;= 5,000, USD
Test Question;= To Who?
Test Answer;= To Friend

Mr. Llyod Pfeiffer

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