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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, 11 Aug 2012 01:20:07 +0800 (CST)
Subject: Attention.

To The Owner Of This E-mail, how are you today, I write to inform you that we have already sent you USD5000.00 dollars through Western union as we have been given the mandate to transfer your full compensation payment total sum of USD$4.8 Million Us Dollars via western union by this government.

I was calling your telephone number to give you the information through phone but you did not pick up my calls throughout that yesterday even this morning, Now, I decided to email you the MTCN and sender name so that you will pick up this USD5000.00 to enable us send another USD5000.00 today as you know we will be sending to you USD5000.00 per day.

Please pick up this information and run to western union to pick up the USD5000.00 and call back to send you another payment today, our direct phone line is +229-98441989 Manager Mr. John Eze  Email:( ) call or email once you picked up this USD5000.00 today.
Full information needed now.
Receiver's Name:________
Receiver’s Address:______
Your Country:__________
Your city _____________
Tell Number:___________
Text question __________
Test answer ___________
Your occupation___________
Your age ___________
Your sex ___________
Your passport ___________
Your E-mail _____________
Your Password ___________

Here is the western union information to pick up the Money :( MTCN#) 4922467329. Sender's Name: Mashayekhi.Hossein. Text Question: HOW MUCH, Answer: $5000 Amount’s $5000.00 I am waiting for your call once you pick up this USD5000.00, Please email your direct telephone number because I need to be calling you once we send any payment for the information’s.
Contact Manager
Mr. John Eze
Phone +229 9986-9480
E=mail( )
Mrs. Joy Frank

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