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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: Otteh Sam <>
Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2013 19:30:28 +0800 (CST)
Subject: payment information and MTCN.


Welcome to Western
Union Send
Money Worldwide
I am
contacting you because I've sent you the first payment of  $5,000 today from
your winning funds total amount of  $1.5Million,  Therefore you need to Contact
western union agent Mr. Jerry Young, for him to give you the transfer payment
information and MTCN.
Agent: Mr. Jerry Young,
Email: (
Phone: +22998904224     
Please try to contact him today for
him to forward the payment information to you, Remember to Indicate the
registration code of EB-2237 to him when E-mailing or calling him, Also he will
be sending you  $5,000.00 daily as per our office discussion with him.Do get in
touch with me once you have received the transfer. Please copy this email:( and paste before replying to him or simply call him
at his number: +22998904224.     
Mr. Sam Otteh,

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