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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: "Mrs. Nora Igwe." <>
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 02:09:12 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: Your Funds are Ready for pick-up Now

Attn: Dear,
We want to inform you that your $5000 has been release today from western union and we want you to contact Mr.Ashley Iguda immediately with this email address ( ) Or the phone number( +229 66945 562 ) Here is the information the western union office need from you.
your full name____________
your country_____________
your phone numbers____________
your age_______________
Your occupation_______________
Ask him to give you the question and answer for you to pick up the $5000 he sent to you, he will be sending it $5000 until he finish sending the whole amount to you which is $1.5M USD, One Million Five Hundred Thousands Dollars, you will pay small amount for PIN CODE before you can pick up the money but we don't know the exactly amount.
We wish You Good luck

Mrs. Nora Igwe.

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