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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: "Dr Bendo" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2011 04:37:06 +0100
Subject: HERE IS YOU MTCN NUMBER=8078929700

Attention honorable benneficiary!!
Here is the first payment information of you $6,500.00 so go now and pick it up
You can lo-gin to western union website with this link to check out your transfer

Money Transfer Control Number (M.T.C.N):8078929700
MTCN #-------------------------8078929700
Sender's First name-----------Peter
Sender's Last name--------Gordon
Security Question: Colour?
Amount: $6,500.00 USD

Finaly i want you to contact this office as soon as you pick the money for second mtcn becuase our earlier
agreement with the depositor company was to trasfer $13,000.00 daily
total charge is $130.00 as you reconfirms your info..........................
Hotlines+229 9856-6353
Payment remitance director is Mrs Janet Morris

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