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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jan 2013 18:22:18 +0100
Subject: INFORMATION????


Dear Customer


This is to inform you that your $1.5 million USD will be send to you via western union money transfer. the payment of contract/inheritance fund that originates all around Africa. This supervision exercise was part of the agreement signed between the joint meeting of this office, Ecowas,United Nations and the African Union.

The total amount mentioned above is with western union outlet and they will send the money via western union to you. Note they will be sending $24,000 USD every day to you in three different transaction by western nuion . Therefore i want you to email Dr Williams Solomon the western union officer for position on foreign payment , and ask him to give you the text question and answer, The MTCN 463-6604-114) MTCN 534-8459-770)MTCN 950-4586-527 if you need to pick up the first in three differnet transaction worth $24,000 then each worth $8000 dollars every today.

Call him now to enable him transfer you first payment today call him with this number +234 8027039038.and get in contact with Dr william solomon now and ask him to give you text question and answer and every other information you need to pick up your $24,000 today. Here is what he may require from you.

Receiver Name==



text Qestion==


Note that the there is no room for delaying this transaction stated on transfer by western union money transfer dont fail to Contact him now on this webmail Email address: ( Contact person Dr william solomon.also give him call to confirm your message



The Governor Central Bank of Nigeria

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