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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:

Date: Sat, 7 Jan 2012 02:55:43 -0800 (PST)
Subject: CALL ME FOR YOUR MTCN NUMBER +22997268138

My working partner has helped me to
send your first payment $5000 to you and here is the information;SENDER
NAME:WILLIAM BAKER, I told him to keep sending you $5000 daily until the
payment of ($1millionUSD) is completed and again forward them your
Telephone number,Full Name, Your Country, your internional passports and
Full address, so that they will be sure of you.

Please,contact: MR JAMES ANDREW
Director of western union with below E-mail(
and tell him to send you your first payment and call him immediately you
send him mail please call him with respect so that he can pay attention
to you on Phone.+229 97 268 138


Best Regards:

Mr Nabi UZOR

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