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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: "Western Union Money Transfer" <> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2013 09:53:08 -0500
Subject: Daily Limit Payment of $7,600 USD

You are entitled to receive a total sum of $1,500,000 USD which has
been successfully deposited at the Western Union Payment Center,
Abidjan by the United Nation in collaboration with the Gazprom Company.

This payment is in conjunction with the Social Responsibility Cash Aid
Programme of the United Nations in which e-mail addresses are selected
randomly by the Balloting System. The Management of the Western Union
Payment Center, Abidjan has designated that the amount be remitted to
you via our Daily Limit Payment of $7,600 USD.

Please provide your Full Name, Address, Age and Phone Numbers to
Western Union Co-ordinating officer:
Name: Dr. Williams Jimoh
Tel: +225 566 62067
Thank You.
Miss Carol Amir
For: Western Union Payment Center.

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