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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: Frank William <>
Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2010 14:36:03 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: MTCN: 457-909-4169

Dear Friend,
My working partner has helped me to send the first $7500.00 to you.

Here is the information;
MTCN:  457-909-4169
Track itnow;( I told him to keep sending you $7500.00daily untill your full compensation payment of US$1.7MILLION USD is completed and again forward him your information:
YourCell/Telephone Number/
Your Address/
So that he will be sure.Please,contact Dr Joseph Harry for any problem below thisinform/Phone/+229 98291458,Email:( )

Mr.Frank William
Thanks and God Blessing you.Finance Minister.

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