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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. Juliet E John." <>
Date: Wed, 10 Jul 2013 23:21:59 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Good day to you

Attention dear
My work partner has helped me to send the first $5000.00 to you through
Western Union Money Transfer. Contact Mr.Kevin Anthony, and ask him how much
charge you need to remit to them before they can allowed you pick up the
first $5000. Contact: Mr.Kevin Anthony TEL: +229-98589889 Email:
contact him with your full address,
Full Name:----
Full Address:-------
Contact Phone:------

(MTCN)# 160-343-5576,for the first transfer he made to you, Ask him to
give you the Sender's Full Name, to pick the $5000 today in your name,Your
total sum is
$2.5Milion.Send to him your Full Name, State, City, Yours Sincerely. Mrs
Juliet E John.

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