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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 Bojan Hillary <>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 12:50:54 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Fund!

Western Union has finalize all the necessary arrangement That your fund
compensation as a scam victim of ($1.5m USD) has been approved by the board
of directors Of Eco Bank, you will be receiving 4,500 US dollar per day.
Furthermore our attorney has gone to the Inland Revenue tax office to obtain a
Letter of administration tax clearance approval on your behalf from high Court.
Fill in the required blanket below with your current information to avoid
wrong transfer.Your name:. Your current address:. Your Age:. Direct phone
number:. Please we required it very urgent.Contact E-mail:
{} Tel: +229 68564523. Contact person:
Mr. Daniel Iwu Best Regard Mrs. Bojan Hillary

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