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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. Lucy Obingo" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs. Lucy Obingo" <>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 08:58:44 -0700
Subject: Dear friend.pick up your frist payment.

Dear Friend.

How are you today,I am here to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from paraguay though i tried my best to involve you in the businnes but almitghy decided the whole situations. Presently i'm in Paraguay for investment projects with my own share of the total sum.
Meanwhile,i didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how.I have concluded to effect your payment through western union already sent you USD 4,500 dollars through Western union 4,500 daily until the total amount of the USD$800.000.00 is complete as I have been given your full compensation payment total sum of USD $800.000.00 via western union information to pick up your frist payment.

MTCN : 107-893---#### Tell him to give you the remaining 4 digits
Sender's Name: Emmanuelu Anagor
Text Question :How Long
Amount:USD 4,500

Please,contact Pastor Anthoy Okwos Tell him to give you the remaining 4 digits MTCN number to you, below is the email address ( You have just Seven (7) days to process your payment file. send your cellphone number in your reply.

Mrs. Lucy Obingo

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