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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 Linda obi." <>
Date: Sun, 11 May 2014 13:53:15 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Very Urgent Pls Read

This Is Letter is From African Union Office, we want to Remind you that the
Hon executive President of African Union Mr Thomas Boni Yayi From Benin, and
Eco was President Dr Good Luck Jonathan From Nigeria Has Finally Sign your
compensation/ Inheritance Fund Release, according to the instruction Given to
then By the American President Dr Barack Obama and European Union Executive,
also Asian union and Oceanic Board of Trustee so now your Total fund worth of
$17.2million Dollars is Currently Ready at western union department here, so
the Agent In- charge with information below

your, Full Name: =============
State: =============
City: =============
Full Address: =============
Phone number: =============

Name Rev. Dr. William Johnson
Contact contact Tell: +229-68450-493
Note the Daily Patent is $5000 dollars so contact him with above details so
that he can provide you with further Information NOTE The only fee you will
send to them before the transfer is ($180dollars) for transfer charges so
contact .DOUGLAS MORRISON now or you call him

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