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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:

Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2013 10:50:10 -0430 (VET)
Subject: ***SPAM*** Attention Dear Pick Up Your Funds

Attention Dear Pick Up Your Funds

Your first $5000 was sent to you today through western union this is the information to pick it up,Test Question--what?Test answer-$5000,Amount-$5,000,00,Mtcn--2293889748,Senders Name :-Ozor Nnamdi, Behold,and your tatal of your amount of your funf is $2.8musd dollars,you will make payment $109 after receiving your first $5000 today ,you can go to any western union around you to pick up the first $5000 , you can also track it through western union WEBSITE to be sure, after that contact Mr John Eze, on his email:( )call him immediately you pick up the $5000 on this phone +229-99869480

My Regards to your Family
Mrs Joy Frank.

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