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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: Sat, 26 Jun 2010 16:23:55 -0500

Welcome To Western Union Money Transfer

Dear Western Union Costumer,

We just send you $5000USD dollars through Western Union as compensation
from our government.

Find below the payment information:
Mtcn: 3990567986
Sender first Name: Anderson
Second Name: Brown

However, the name have not be attached to the MTCN has to the receiver
yet, so for you to be able to receive this money as the reciever, your
information as show below is needed.

1. Full Name:
2. Address/Country:
3. Telephone:

For More details contact

Manager: Mr.James Kunle
Phone: +2348057019329

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