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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: "Payment Alert" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 6 Apr 2013 00:20:47 +0800
Subject: Attn: Payment Notefication Alert From Mr. Williams

Attn: Payment Notefication Alert

This is to officially inform you that we have verified your contract/inheritance funds files and found out that you have not received your approval funds the sum of $1.5 millions dollars. Please be inform that the said amount have be programmed through ATM CARD Master Card, therefore you advise to forward your full name, address,country and direct telephone number to MS Elizabeth E Moor and negotiate a means to dispatch the approval Visa Master card to you.

FULL NAMES: __________________________________
SEX: _______________
DATE OF BIRTH: __________________
OCCUPATION: __________________
TELEPHONE NUMBER: _____________________
EMAIL ADDRESS: _____________________

contact info status below

Contact Person: MS Elizabeth E Moor
Email: ( )


Williams White
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