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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. James Bruce" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 06:39:22 -0700
Subject: Revised Correct MTCN Number


I want to thank you for helping me out with my transaction which went successfuly through the help of another partner. I was made to understand that you

have not received your compensation all this while through ATM card and other means which has been tried and failed, and due to your inability to meet up

with the fees levied against you through various government offices.

Please I am giving this token as I'd promised to compensate you after everything, please accept this Two Million Five hundred Thousand United States Dollars

(US2.5Mn Dollars) as a token from my heart , prior to this, I have told my personal secretary to transfer the US2.5Mn Dollars to you through Wetern Union,

meanwhile the below is the first US7000.00 Dollars payment information availbale for pick up by you.

Here is the western union information to pick up the US7000.00 Dollars;

Senders first name....Kenneth
last name.....Eze
Mtcn number:..7440327737
Test Question......To whom?
Test Answer...... Customer
Sent From Benin

They will keep sending you US7000.00 Dollars daily until the payment of US2,500.000.00 Dollars is completed. Do not forget to furnish him with your phone

number for easy communication each time he send you US7000.00 Dollars through western union.

Please,contact Mr. Jerry Ganou if there is any problem with this email address ( or reach him on phone call. +229-99238528 please

contact him now so that he will send you another one today please if you have a problem with the MTCN or the sender Name try to reach him by phone or email

him so that he will correct it for you.

Thank you very much,
Dr. James Bruce
National Assemnly

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