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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: "MR.JOHN DAVID" <>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 19:48:00 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Money sent today here is the MTCN: 567-719-6723

WESTERN UNION UNDER ECO BANK PLC has finalize all the necessary arrangement and
your fund $2.5usd has been approved by the border directors
of ECO BANK, you will be receiving $8000 per day.

our attorney will go to the inland revenue tax office to obtain a letter of
administration tax clearance approval on your behalf from high Court.

Sender Name:.........Michael Choppa
MTCN:................ 567-719-6723

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Forward the information here( ) Or Call Mr Don William
On tele phone :+229-98-900-940.

Online TEL :+229-98-900-940.

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