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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: Mr Paul William <>
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 03:59:36 +0800 (SGT)

Hello Dear Friend
I was looking for your contact since two months ago to tell you about the new development in which you will Receive your outstanding fund easily without any problem because the federal government of this country has Release your fund to you by western union money transfer.
According to minister of finance you will be receiving your fund everyday till your total fund of 1.6million got finished So try as much as possible to get you funds transferred to you.This is your opportunity to have your funds transfered to you.
Contact western union money transfer office for immediate transfer of your fund at the rate of $6000.00 us dollar everyday till you
Receive all your total fund of $1.6million us dollar.
Bellow is your file number
YOUR FILE NO.... KGU/8020182590
Contact western union department below and send to them your full information as listed below
(1) FULL NAME.................
 (2) ADDRESS....................
 (3) COUNTRY...................
 (4) PRIVATE TEL................
 (5) PRIVATE FAX...............

contact the Mr Douglas Morris who is in position to release your payment now through this email address(,Tel/+22998211297 and forawrd to him the stated information immediately for the release of your first payment of $6000 per.
Note that you will be receiving per day the sum of $7500 until your total sum of $1.6Musd is being exhausted.

Best Regards
Paul William

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