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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.Rose Jonson" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Feb 2011 06:55:54 -0800 (PST)
Subject: MTCN : 623 092 8723 TO PICK UP YOUR $6000.0

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 Oct 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 is below.
Sender's Name; Lisa John
MTCN : 623 092 8723
Text Question:who is  Son
How long Answer: God.
Amount: USD$6,000.00
Once again be advice to reconfirm your information such as;
HOME ADDRESS_________  
Furthermore you advised to call us as the instruction was passed that within 10 hours without hearing from you. Count your payment cancelled.  Number to call is below listed Manager Director Office Rev John Chukwuermeka of release order: +229-98123964  (  
Thanks and my regards Mrs.Rose Jonson

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