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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: "Mr. Frank Ashley, From Government Office Payment" <>
Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2012 12:35:08 +0100 (BST)

Your Attention Is Needed!
My Working Partner Has Helps Me To Send The First $4,500.00 To You Through Western Our Union Department. So Contact Western Union Agent And Ask Him How Much Charge You Need To Send Before You Will Be Pick Up Your First $4,500 Sending To You Now:
Contact person: Mr. Peter Williams
TEL: +22998312076
E-mail: (
Ask him to give you the m t c n, sender's name, to pick the $4,500.00. I told him to keep sending you $4,500.00 daily till the payment of $950,000.00 is completed. Again forward him your Full Name, Telephone number and Address so that he will be sure.
Then Contact Him With Your Full Information:
Your Name:__________________
Your Country:__________________
Your Phone number:_____________
Your Address:__________________
Your City:__________________
Your Age:__________________
Your Sex:__________________
Your Occupation:._____________
Thanks, Mr. Frank Ashley,
>From Government Office Payment

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