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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 Akwa Mmili <>
Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2012 15:48:07 +0800 (CST)
Subject: Attention: E-mail Owner,Beneficiary


Attention: E-mail Owner,Beneficiary

Are you ready to pick up this $5,000.00 sent today? We have concluded to effect your payment through western union $5,000.00 daily until the ($2.7million usd) is completely transferred to you. Meanwhile,DR DAVID PHILIP has sent $5,000.00 in your name today. So contact Western union Agent DR DAVID PHILIP to pick up this $5000 now:

Contact person :( DR DAVID PHILIP)
Telephone Number*:+229
98129391Ask him to give you the Mtcn, sender name, question and answer to pick the $5,000.00. Also you should send to him your information.Do reply also with your name and address as directed below to avoid mistakes like transfering to a wrong person.

Please fill out the following form. All fields mark with are required.
Full Name*:
Telephone Number*:
Passport/By Attach or Drivers License Number.

Call DR DAVID PHILIP now for your first Payment of $5000,00 today because the first Payment of $5000,00 is ready today call him at Direct Line: *:+22998129391 avoid mistakes like transfering  the first payment to a wrong person

We are wataing to receive the information soon.

Best regard
western union agent Mr Akwa Mmili 

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