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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:

Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2011 09:20:25 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Public Announcement From WESTERN UNION.

Dear Customer,

We at Western Union are celebrating our 157th Anniversary to our beloved
customers worldwide ,USA,Middle East,Australia,Europe For 156 years
Western Union has been connecting people there’s so much more than money
you’re sending & receiving. Every sender and receiver is important to us.
So we’re rewarding our customers with this prizes USD1.000.000.00 ( One
Million United State Dollars).

You sent money through an Western Union agent or received money through
Western Union, you’ve been SELECTED as the winner of this great
opportunity kindly re-confirm your information.

However, you are required to confirm the following information for
immediate payment of your USD1.000.000.00 ( One Million United State

1. Full Names:
2. Address:
3. City:
4 Tel:

You will be contacted by Western Union in the next 24 hours as soon as you
confirm your information and you will receive the USD1.000.000.00 ( One
Million United State Dollars) prizes immediately from us.

Save time, send money, earn rewards! Western Union© is a service people

Thank you for using Western Union ©
Yours sincerely,
Latisha Nicholas

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