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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: "scott" <>
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2012 02:38:48 -0500
Subject: MTCN 6130251864 SENDER Name IS CHARLES DONALD

This is to notify all you about the lates development concerning all thepayment that are left in our custody,which yours are inclusive Besides,your where given a bill of $250 00 ,in order to receive your payment ofwhich we didnt hear from you for sometime now...... Hence, our Western Union is now offering a Special BONUS to help all our customers that arehaving their payment in our custody due to of prices. In order words weare now requesting that those involve should pay only the sum of $28.75to receive all their payment abandoned in our custody.

Besides, my dear, this is the opportunity for you and have to comply andyour funds shall be transfer to your desginated address. But remember that after (3 DAYS) you did not make the payment then we will divert your funds to Goverment Fund, to aviod problem or we will cancel the payment for this 6th Dece untill because this month is not like last month.And i want you to tracking so that you will know that it is Available for pick up by receiver this is the MTCN 6130251864 SENDER  Name IS CHARLES DONALD SO want you to tracking with this link

Again after (THREE DAYS ) We will enter A new project for the year and that is the reason why we decided to help to all our customers before weenter into the new project.

So be advise to send the $28.75 immediately so that we will register your payment and for you to start receive $5.000 as from tomorrow.   Be advise that there is no time again for we to call any person on phone unless you will call +229-9878-9714. After the payment of $28.75 you will start receiveing your money every day $5.000 through Western Union Send the money through Western Union Money Transfer with the information

Reciver's name======== MR NNAMDI IGBAUNGO
Country======== enin Republic..
City======== tonou.
Text Question====== Good
Answer==== ay.
The moment i receive the payment of $28.75 i will release the first payment informations of $5.000 to you and you will pick up the money andi will send you another money. Hoping to hear from you.
The Director Of Western Union.
+229 987-897-41,

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