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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: "Grace Dean." <>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:34:32 -0400 (AMT)


we have deposited your funds as we agreed with Western Union Payment, Now
all you have to do is to contact them via

You can also call them on Phone +229-68690836 they will give you
direction on how you will be receiving
the funds daily. My agreement with them is 5000USD daily until the total
of$2.5mUSD is transferred to you.

Furthermore you are expected to reconfirm them your full receiving
information as they demanded.Note that the only fee you will pay them
before the transfer began is $60usd for their transfer charge since it
can't be deducted from your funds once the remittance is done.

Your Receiver Name--------------
Your Country--------------------
Your City-----------------------
Your Tell-----------------------
Your Test Question--------------
Your Test Answer----------------
Your Id-------------------------

So contact Western Union Office with above address the contact person
is Dr.Williams smith with all your information's once again ,Thank you.
Official Announcer
Grace Dean.

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