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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 Anita kumar <>
Date: Wed, 9 Nov 2011 09:37:29 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: Western Union Money Transfer Promotion 2011!!!

Attn: Email Bearer,

Western Union Money Transfer Promotion 2011!!!

We wish to notify you that the sum of USD$5,000.00 has been sent already to you. These funds was awarded to you by the United Nations/Western Union,(East Asia) as we are mandated to send you the total sum of $900,000.00USD(Nine Hundred Thousand United State Dollars)through Western Union.

Underneath are the first part payment information’s.
Amount: $5,000
MTCN : 2522147320
Sender’s first name: Marcel
Sender's last name: Owurah
track the information now!!

It is estimated of you to contact our office immediately using the
following e-mail address:(

Best Regards
Hon.Joshua Godwin

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