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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: Faith Ezeh <>
Date: Sat, 19 Oct 2013 02:07:37 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Good Day:

Your fund of $950,000.00 has been released and the transfer began today
through western union transfer. So, contact WU Agent Mr. James Anderson, and
how much charge is your activation fee you need to remit to them for you to
start picking up your payments. Your will receive $4500 per day until
total fund is fully transferred.

Contact Agent: Mr. James Anderson
Email: www.westernunion09@yahoo.comTel: +229 68505226

Reconfirm your, Full Name: ---State: ---City: ---Full
Address: --- Phone

Yours Sincerely
Dr. Mrs. Faith Ezeh

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