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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: "Mr.Gorge Godwin," <>
Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2011 07:33:14 -0800 (PST)

Dear Sir / Madam,

For 156 years, Western Union has been connecting people. At Western Union , there's so much more than ac money you're sending. Every sender and receiver is important to us. To celebrate our 156th Anniversary Switzerland , we're rewarding our customers with prizes of USD $1 million (One million  United States Dollars) Because you sent money on-line, from an agent location or received money through Western Union , you've been selected. However, you are required to forward the following information for immediate remitance of the funds to you. For easy and reliable transferring method you are mandate to be receiving the funds $5,000 USD per a day until you receive your sum total USD $1 million. As soon as you contact us with your receiver's data we shall gladly distriebute your today $5,000 USD to you OK.

1.) Your Name:
2.) Address:
3.) Tel:
4.) Mailing Address:
5.) Occupation
6.) And a scan copy of your picture or driver license:

You will be contacted by a Western Union in the next 24 hours as soon as you forward your required information and you will receive USD $1 million prizes immediately, by receiving the sum of $5,000 USD every blessed day until you successfully receive the total money, this is exellent, to pick up your today's payment call me at +229 98464790.

Save time, send money, earn rewards! Western Union is a service people trust. Please contact the below email for your prize
Thank you for using Western Union !
EMAIL: +229 98464790
Mr Gorge Godwin

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