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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. Moses victor" <>
Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2012 02:50:37 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: Hello my Dear,

Hello my Dear,
How are you today? I write to inform you that we have already sent you $5000.00
usd dollars through Western union as we have been given the mandate to transfer
your full compensation payment total sum of ($1.5m) USD, via western union by
this government.  Now, I decided to email you the MTCN and sender name so that you
will pick up the $5000.00 usd to enable us send another $5000.00 usd today as
you know we will be sending you only $5000.00 usd per day, and it was agreed that
you will pay the sum of $95before they will release the payment to you.
Please pick up this information and run to western union to pick up the $5000.00
usd and call Director of Operation Terry Jude because he is the person
in charge for your payment so that he can send you another payment today, or call
him on phone +229 98185492
Email (

email Him once you picked up the $5000.00 USD today.
Here is the western union information to pick up the $5000.00; which you will be receiving your payment $5000.00 Us Dollars immediately you sent them their charge of $95 and it will serve as re-activation and re-confirmation of your file payment from the office in charge.
So you are to re-confirm to them the below information,
Your. Receiver----------
Your. Country-------
Your. City-----------
Your. Tel----------
Your. Test question------
Your. Answer-----------
Your. Passport-----------
Here Is The Senders Information
Sender's First Name=== folkard
Sender's Last Name== hegelau
M.T.C.N # === 1773930291
Text Question----How Long?

And We Are Waiting For You To Send The $95 Today

Receivers Name: .........Mr Peter Ejike
Country: .......Benin Republic
Zip code:.................00229
Text Question: ............How Long?
Text Answer :............Now
SENDERS NAME:..........
Be advice that the $95is a compulsory as is the only money you will pay until
you receive your payment completely I am waiting for your call once you pick up
this $5000.00 usd, Please email me your direct telephone number because I need to
be calling you once we send any payment for the information.

Mr. Moses victor

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