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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 Lee" <>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2011 18:57:00 -0800
Subject: Money Transfer Completed With the Balance Transfers

Dear Phillip
Thank you for your email.
These are the details where I send
The monies - Western Union -
Sender: Shirley Khine & Betty Khine
Recipients - Jude Nweke, Eze James, Paul Nwabroacha and Phillip Osondu
Address - F365, Ojodu Main Road ,
Ikeja, Lagos Nigeria
State: Lagos
Country - Nigeria
Text Question: What is middle name
Text Answer - Permillia
Amount - $3,500.00 - in Four Transfer = $14,000.00 US Dollars
THE MTCN AND WESTERN UNION SLIPS ARE ALSO ATTACHED= 655 177 3687 & 915 980 8554, 548 973 2214 and 315 532 9537
The Lawyer had requested I send the $14,000.00 US in four installments of $3,500.00 hence the 4 MTCN Numbers.
Has money already been wired through and if so can you tell me when this happened -like the day etc. then the western union for tomorrow is attached as describe
I await you response in due course.
I hope my funds will be transferred without further delay to my account
Kind Regards
Prof Von Lee

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