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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: George Padmor <>
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2011 19:40:39 +0900 (KST)
Subject: Contact Western Union For Your Fund

Attn: Dear.

We want to inform you that your first payment of $5000 has been release today from western union and we want you to contact Mr. Anthony Robert, the Operation manager (WU) Immediately on this email below ( or the telephone number (+229-98270398) Here is the information The western union office needs from you.

Your Full Name____________
Your Country_____________
Your Phone Numbers____________
Your Age_______________
Your Occupation_______________

Ask him to give you MTCN number for you to pick up the $5000 he sent to you immediately until he finish sending the whole amount to you which is $1,500,000.00 (One Million, Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars), you will pay small amount to Mr. Anthony Robert, It is compulsory that you pay the small fee first to the western union for your PIN CODE about $150 only, you should contact the Operation Manager (WU) Mr. Anthony Robert, and ask him to direct you on how you will send the $150 for the PIN CODE of your first part payment of $5000 which he has already sent to you.

We wish You Good luck.

Mr. Padmore George

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