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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: "muhamad ruzaini ramli" <>
Date: Sun, 4 Mar 2012 06:07:08 +0800
Subject: Good Day

Good Day,

We have sent 9,000USD already through western union,as we are mandated to
transfer to you the total sum of $300,000 USD through Western Union by the
United Nations (ECOWAS) making you one of the beneficiaries through an
email natural simple ballot selection after the last G20 meeting that was
held. Please send your names,Address, Phone number.Processing your first
payment of $9,000USD to collect/Sender
Names: David Scherrmann MTCN:9063305931

MTCN : 9063305931
Sender name : David Scherrmann
Country : USA
Reciver name : Donald albert

To receive your funds forward your Contact to Transfer agent: Mr.Amos

Your Name._______
Phone .____

Contact: Mr.Amos Nathaniel for the funds clearance
certificate (FCC) necessary for the release of your funds
D/L: Tel:+2348109041111

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