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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, 23 Jan 2013 22:06:29 +0800 (CST)
Subject: Contact Western Union Bank For Your Payment (UNO)

      Attention Dear,
 (U.N.O) have concluded to effect your payment of $1.500.000.00dollars(ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS) through western union,but the maximium amount you will be receiving each day starting fromtomorrow is $5,000.00 daily until the funds is completely transfered.
 Kindly Contact Western union Agent:Mr.GEORGE LEO TEL: +229-99-38-28-44E-mail:

Below is the information needed from you in order for them to transferyour fund to youYour FullAge__  Address__  Mobile Telephone numbers Office/Home_ Country_ 
 Also the frist $5,000.00 will be send in your name today so contactMr.GEORGE LEO  and he will instruct you on how you will be receiving yourmoney,Pls let me know as soon as you received all your funds $1.500.000.00dollars
 ThanksYours  MRS LINDA OGENKEM     

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