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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: "Dr Tunji Alimo." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2010 14:23:51 +0430
Subject: Attention,


We have concluded to effect your payment of $1.3Million, through western union, but the maximium amount you will be receiving
each day starting from tomorrow is $5,000.00 daily until the funds is completely transfered.

Kindly Contact Western Agent:
Mr.Udi Kanka
TEL: 00229 9668 9055

Note that the administrator payment need this details from you to process your payment:
Your name_________
Receiver name____
Test question______

Though, Herman Hansley will sent $5,000.00 in your name today once he confirm your information,so contact Mr.Udi Kanka and
tell him to give you the Mtcn, sender name and question/answer to pick the $5,000.00 Pls let me know as soon as you received
all your funds $1.3Million,

Thank you.
Dr Tunji Alimo.

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