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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: "Barrister Anthony . K. Okota" <>
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2013 09:44:37 -0700 (PDT)

Hello Dear,

I have contacted you because I have sent you the first transfer of $5000 from your winning funds total amount of $200,000.00USD. Therefore you need to contact Western Union agent Mr. David Wilson to give you the transfer payment information and MTCN code immediately or call him.

Western Union Agent: Mr. David Wilson.
Email :(
Office#: +229 96 41 99 31.

Therefore you are to send to him your direct telephone number for easy communication.

Please try to contact him today to enable him forward the MTCN code information to you. Therefore indicate the registration Code Numbers: EB-2237 to him, when contacting or calling him, He will be sending you $5000. 00 daily as per our board meeting discussion with him today.

Do get in touch with me once you have got the transfer completed thank you.


Barr. Anthony K. Okota.

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