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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: "CHIMMA JOHN" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 29 Jun 2013 19:08:48 +0900 (JST)
Subject: We Have Sent The Money Contact Western Union For Your Payment

How are you doing today? We have started transferring your $5.850 Million
through this Western Union Office today according to the instruction to be
transferring $5000Usd to your name daily until you receive your $5.850

Please if there is any problem, kindly contact the below manager for

Contact person: REV PASTOR EDDY
Phone ; +2299-867-89-10

Here is the payment information you need to pick up your $5000 with each
MTCN, you can receive $10,000 today. Therefore be advised to send your
below requested information for fund transfer: Name, Address, Telephone,

Sender Name : William Loga
MTCN: 8896809193
Sender: Name Yolanda Dalag

Albert Vinck

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