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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: "DON.C. JOHN" <>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2013 23:03:27 +0800 (CST)
Subject: The first $6000.00 was sent today




Dear Friend
first $6000.00 was sent today. My working partner has helped me to send
the first $6000.00 to you through western union.
So contact the Western union
Agent to pick up this $6000 now: Contact this person:DON.C. JOHN TEL:
+229-98-3546-84 E-mail: Ask him to give
you the MTCN, sender name, to pick the $6,000.00. I told him to keep
sending you $6000.00 daily until the total amount of $1.500,000.00 is
completed transferred.
Again forward him your Full Name Telephone number and address so that he will be sure.
Thank you,
Mr, Daniel Johnson

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