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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: "Rev.Patty L. West" <>
Reply-To: "Rev.Patty L. West" <>
Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2010 12:21:23 -0700 (GMT-07:00)

Hello Dear,

I have contacted you because i have sent you the first transfer of $9,000,00 from your winning funds total amount of $1.5Million USD,Therefore you need to contact agent Mr.Terry Young, of western union, to give you the transfer payment information and MTCN,Agent: Mr.Terry Young.Email:( Office#: +229-967-29-217
Please try to conact him today for him to forward the MTCN information to you, Indicate the registration code of EB-2520 to him when contacting or calling him,
He will be sending you $9,000 daily as per my discussion with him.Do get in touch with me once you have get the transfer and you can send your information to them and also to call them on phone once you contact them to there e-mail.

Rev.Patty L. West   

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