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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.Edwin Aja" <>
Date: Wed, 7 May 2014 18:39:22 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Your $5000MTCN# (4109-772-337)

Payment Notice
The sum of 950.000.00 USD has been forwarded to you My work partner has
helped me to send the $6000 to you via money gram every day, So contact money
gram Agent Mr. Mike Okoh at,(;+229 9858 9889. This is
your first (Reference)is available #(410-72-336),sender name Norma Mireles, for
the first transfer he made to you,And Ask him to give you the other
information, contact him with your full name,Andres,City, Country,phone no and
ur age,to pick the $6000, today

Your total amount with him is 950.000.00 USD,ask him what you need to do to
enable them validate your account file.please indicate this code (000xt) to
money gram agent so that they will know that you're the right person.

Best Regards
Mr .Edwin Aja

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