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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 Jane Udonachi <>
Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:40:35 +0100 (CET)

Attn: Dear, Your western union payment is now ready for you to start
picking Our Operation Manager have sent your 1st payment of $ 5,000.00
out of your total Amount of $4.5million dollar and we needed this to
you from the full transfer, You 're Name, Address, and Telephone ID
CARD No: Noted That Only Fee Requested from You Is Reactivate Transfer
Files Of $95only no more fee After That.

Contact Agent Dr Wilfred
Email {}
Tele. +229-68809036

Mrs Jane Udonachi

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