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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: "Dr. VICTOR I. OBINNA." <>
Reply-To: "Dr. VICTOR I. OBINNA." <>
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2014 06:06:02 -0800 (GMT-08:00)

                                   UNICEF ORGANIZATION.
How are you today? I am write to inform you that we have already sent you $4000.00 usd dollars through Western union as we have been given the mandate to transfer your full compensation payment total sum of $1.5Million USD,via western union by this government. And would like you to call the below line once you receive this mail today for instruction on how you can send their fee to them.
Now,I decided to email you the MTCN and sender name so that you will pick up the first $4000.00 usd to enable us send another $4000.00 usd today as you know we will be sending you only $4000.00 usd per day.
It was agree that you will pay the sum of $65 before they will release the payment to you. Please pick up this information and run to western union to pick up the $4000.00 usd and call Director of Operation Mr. Dennis Wickson, because he is the person in charge for your payment so that he can send  you another payment today, phone line :+23432367735 Email (,
call or email Him once you picked up the $4000.00 USD today. Here is the western union information to pick up the payment, which you will be receiving your payment $4000.00 Us Dollars immediately you sent them their transfer charge of  $65 and it will serve as re-confirmation of your file payment from the office in charge.
So you are to contact them on below information. When you track the payment at our website ensure you copy and paste the complete first sender name and last sender name accordingly, include the MTCN to see that the

MTCN: 7707657266
Sender's Fist name: Julie Irene
Sender's Last Name: Turton
Amount: $4000 USD
Here is the payment information you will use to send the fee.
Name of Receiver:Ogolo Michael
Country: Nigeria
Test Question: Happy Xmas?
Test Answer: In Advance 
Amount: US $65 ONLY payment.
Sender's name:.....
Sender's address..
Be advise that the $65 is a compulsory as they told me that is only money you will pay until you receive your payment completely, you have to re-confirm your full Name and home address and direct phone number to avoid any wrong deposit okay.
I am waiting for your call once you pick up this $4000.00 usd,Please email me your direct telephone number because I need to be calling you once we send any payment for the information's.
western union head director. :+2347032367735.
Compensation Payment Release Order!

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