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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: Tony Uche <>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2011 23:37:17 +0530 (IST)

Dear Friend,
I Am Tony Uche, secretary to Dr. Timothy Hanson. I'm writing to let you know about your $850, 000, 00 that my boss issued on your name before his travel out for his business purpose.Before he travels out he instructed me to send you the total money through Western Union Money Transfer because it will be less expensive and reliable for you to be receiving your daily $5000 dollar until you receive your total money completely.
Meanwhile, the manager stated yesterday that, the director administrator trust funds have already signed and approved your payment, which you will be receiving your payment 5000.00 Us Dollars immediately you sent them their transfer charge of $105 and it will serve as confirmation of your file payment from the office in charge.

So you are to contact them on below information,Vital Finance Bank Western Union Department.
Location Address; Plot 1261, Adeola Hopewell Street CO/B/REP,
Contact Person: Mr francis uche
Tele phone Number: +229 99 652 258.
Email Address: (
Be advise that the $105 is a compulsory as they told me that is the only money you will pay until you receive your payment completely .
So confirm your details to avoid any hitches in receiving your full payments.This is what they need from  you
Receiver's name::::::::
Test question::::::::
Also do let me know immediately they have started sending
you your money, but try to comply with them to enable them
serve you better.
Tony Uche.

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