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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. Jessica Iwoego" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 13 Oct 2013 15:55:47 +0100
Subject: Your Attention Is Needed!

Your Attention Is Needed!

I hereby inform you that your total fund of $950,000.00 has been deposited at this western union headquarter and to be transferred to you with immediate effect as ordered by the Federal Ministry of Finance. You shall be receiving $4,500 every day and at per transfer and the transfer has already commenced today by sending your first $4,500 through one of our western union branch office under the custody of Mr. James Anderson.

Please note that the first $4,500.00 has been sent to you today through western union and you are advised to contact the office of the Western Union under Mr. James Anderson who is in charge of transferring your funds and ask him to give you the transfer information (m t c n, sender's name) to pick up the $4,500.00. He was ordered to keep sending you $4,500.00 daily till the payment of $950,000.00 is completed. Again forward him your Full Name, Telephone number and Address so that he will be sure.

Please note that you are to pay for the cost of the activation fee of the MTCN for your transfer as the transfer charges will be taking care of so when contacting him, ask him the cost of your activation fee which you have to pay before receiving your funds today to enable you effect the payment as soon as possible and start receiving your funds. Note that your activation fee must be paid before he is allowed to release your transfer information to you.

Contact person: Mr. James Anderson
TEL: +229 68505207
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Your name: -------------------
Your country: ----------------
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Your address: ----------------------
Your city: --------------------------
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Mrs. Jessica Iwoego
Board of Debt Management,
Federal Ministry of Finance.

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