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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: "Mr. Robert Harrison" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2013 00:27:14 +1000 (EST)
Subject: Contact Western Union For Your Payment

Dear Approved Beneficiary,

We are happy to inform you that verification of your data was submitted
to the USA Consulate here in Nigeria for screening and all data have
being confirmed correct to pay you a total sum of $350,000USD as a
result of your long due payment. We have been advised to proceed with
your payment through Western Union Agent.

You will be receiving $3,000usd everyday as a result of Western Union
laws and I have opened a daily installment account and deposited your
$350,000USD, therefore kindly contact Western Union agent on bellow
details and collect your first transfer slip to pickup your $3,000usd.


Contact Person: - Mr. Jeffery E.Onye
Telephone- +2347081435303

You can call him on above telephone number or email and send him the
below information to enable him transfer the first $3,000.00 your city
for your easy pickup at any western union location:

Your Receiver's Name:
Receiver's Address:
Direct Mobile/Home Phone:
Driven License/Passport Number:

The appointed Western Union agent from Nigeria has being mandated to
issue out your $3,000usd payment on daily basis as a result of Western
Union laws.

Sincerely Yours,

Mr. Robert Harrison,

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