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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: "Sir Ronald Calman" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2012 17:01:24 -0600
Subject: Good Day


Message was sent from Mr Ronald Calman The New Wumt Manager of Operation.

We happily announce to you the PAYMENT RELEASE FILE (#147) held In AUGUST 2012

TK :#1475
SRL: *70709

This is to officially inform you that Your Wining Funds Is Ready To be Paid Via Western Union
Kindly Contact us as soon as you receive this email For Your Mtcn Control Number For 10k$
for information on how you will be paid.

Best regards,

NAME:Mr Ronald Calman

PHONE:+44702 408 1650
PHONE:+44702 408 1725
PHONE:+44702 408 2964


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