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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.Edwin Aja" <>
Date: Thu, 3 Oct 2013 09:09:20 -0430 (VET)
Subject: Atten Beneficiary,

Atten Beneficiary,

This is your first Payment of $5000 usd register today in your name, So kindly reconfirm as, Your Receiver Name, Your Address, and your Telehopen number, your text Question and Answer your Age to the office For your approval payment of $2.5Million sign to release immediately to you, Contact Western union Office immediately.

Name: Mr.Kevin Anthony.
TEL: +229 9858 9889
E-mail (

Your western union, maximum amount receiving each day From tomorrow is $5000.00 daily until the funds complete Transferred. Once we receive info. the transfer will commence.

Best Regards
Mr. Edwin Aja

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