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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: DR Mike Roberts <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 04:42:34 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Weastern Union Money Transfer

Hello dear, how are you doing today am here to inform you
that we have

deposited your 2.5M usd to Western Union Office for
transfer and you will be

receiving $5,000 usd everyday until your $2.5M USD is
completed transferred.

contact Western Union office with below address:

Mr. Daniel Brown
Phone +229-68468956
give them below information

Beneficiary name===================
Tel phone=================

DR. Mike Roberts

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