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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: "Mrs. Linda J. Cole" <>
Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2013 02:40:22 +1300 (NZDT)


This is to inform you that your $1.5M USD will be send to you via western union money transfer. 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 recieving $5000 every day . Therefore i want you to email  Dr. Sam Joe the western union supervisor and ask him to give you the MTCN you need to pick up the first $5,000 today.

Call Dr. Sam Joe now and ask him to give you mtcn and every other information you need to pick up your $5,000 today. Here is what he may require from you before they will proceed with your transfer today ok..

Your Receiver Name....
Your Country........
text Question.....

Note: that the only money you will send to them is for there transferring charge which will cost you only $58 Contact him now on this webmail address: ( Telephone Number +229 98807967 Contact person Dr. Sam Joe.

Thanks and my regards
Mrs. Linda J. Cole

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