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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: "Dr. richard goodman" <>
Reply-To: "Dr. richard goodman" <>
Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2012 10:27:41 -0700 (PDT)

Daer Friend,

We want to know if you authorized MR.Gershon shapiro to claim your valid sum of $ under our custody He has been calling us regarding this issue,but I cannot proceed with him until I confirm this by not hearing from you after
3 days. Be advised that we have made all arrangements for you to receive and confirm
your funds without anymore stress, and without any further delays.

as ordered via IMF /World Bank International promo,to be released to you. If no, kindly contact Dr. richard goodman to give you the mtcn is ready.the only fee required is 50$ for the releasing of your mtcn now. Email..... (
Phone Number.....+(229)68252990,
below is the information but you cannot pick it untill you pay the fee. track it now is available for pick up.

MTCN: _______________(MTCN) :# 5820554539
Sender's Name: _________Samson Nwamu
Text Question: __________transfer
Answer: _______________Immediately
Amount Sent___________US500,000.00
Country: _______________Republic of Benin

I will be waiting to hear from you once you send the fee.
Try your best and follow up the western union in instruction by sending $50 USD so that they will give you the information to pick up your first US500,000,00 USD.send them the fee to this information below:

Receiver Name:....Ekwenze Joseph
Text Question:....transfer
Answer: ........Immediately
country:.....Republic of Benin
Country Code:+229
Amount:.....$50 USD

Dr. richard goodman.

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