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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: Western Union Money Transfer <>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 03:40:03 +0530
Subject: Welcome To Western Union Money Transfer

Welcome To Western Union Money Transfer
Dear Western Union Customer,

This is the second email we are sending you now after two weeks, if you get
this one, I write to inform you that we have already sent you $5000.00USD
dollars through our Western Union as we have been given the mandate to
your full compensation payment of $800,000.00USD via Western Union by this
government. So,I decided to email you the MTCN and sender name, so you can
pick up this $5000.00USD to enable us send another $5000.00USD by tomorrow as
you know we will be sending you only $5000.00USD per day. Please pick up this
information and run to any Western Union in your country to pick up the
$5000.00USD and call me back to send you another payment tomorrow.

Manager: Mr.David Geoge
Call or email me once you picked up this $5000.00USD today.
Here is the western union information to pick up the$5000.00.USD

Sender Information's
Sender's First name------- John
Sender's Last name----- Osamuyi
MTCN;=878 890 9515
Amount;=5,000, USD
Test Question;= To Who?
Test Answer;= To Friend

Rosemark Johnson.

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