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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: "Mrs.Carrielee Gill" <>
Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2011 11:55:21 +0900 (KST)
Subject: MTCN 211-446-6505 TO PICK UP YOUR FIRST PAYMENT OF $6000.00UD

Attention My Dear Friend:

This is to inform you that this office was instructed to pay your fund $1.5Million  U.S.A Dollars by America security leading team and America representative embassy between now until end of Febuary 2011 per day you will receive the sum of $6,000 Dollars,

However be informed that we have send the sum of $6000 Dollars this morning to avoid cancellation of your payment you have only four hours to call this office upon the receipt of this email the maximum amount you will be receiving per day starting from today is $6000 in three different payments and the Money Transfer Control Number of today isbelow CLICK TRACKING
Sender First Name:----David Asselstine
MTCN NUMBERS:----211-446-6505
Amount: USD$6,000.00

Once again be advice to reconfirm your information such as;


Further more you advised to call us as the instruction was passed that within 10hour swithout hearing from you. Count your payment cancelled.  Number to call is below listed Manager Director Office  Dr. Simeon Miracle.of release order: +229-98582119 .E-mail addresses (

Thanks and my regards
Mrs.Carrielee Gill

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