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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 Anne Ulanday <>
Date: Sat, 11 May 2013 15:54:47 -0430 (VET)


I have deposited your check to the western union office we agreed with western Union office,your name and your email address listed and approved for the Compensation payments fund $2,7USD as one of the mail address win victims,during the last UN meeting held at Port-novo,Capital Of Benin,send your fully information your address,Your Full name,Your Telephone Number,your country.the agreement with western union office is 5000USD per a daily twice until the whole of $2.7USD is transferred complete to you again i want to let you know Mr Larry Martin said you have sent him to claim the fund on your behalf?,as your next kins Reply here E-mail (
Call Mr Sam Harry immediately you receive the message now for your first Payment of 5000USD today because the first Payment is ready today call him at Direct Line:: +22999473544 now to avoid mistakes like transferring the the first payment to a wrong person We are wataing to receive the information soon.Reply here(
Email them with above address,the contact person is MR SAM HARRY phone number; Mr Sam Harry Immediatley you receive this e-mail ask him for the Ten digit MTCN number:
Best regard
Mrs Anne Ulanday
Your Funds transfer is Ready

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