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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. Wayne Martin" <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:02:49 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Payment

Dear Friend,

It is my pleasure to inform you that UN Office have agreed to compensate you
with sum of $3.7M and the payment has been arranged through MasterCard
ATM which is the latest instruction from Mr.Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General
kindly contact our Agent Rev.Peter Johnson with E-mail: (rev.
) and send your full deliver details to him 1) Your full name.../(2)
Deliver Address:../(3)Phone Number:..

Note this payment including Victims and international businesses that
failed due to Government problem etc and note any other contact you made
outside his office is at your own risk. contact email: rev.peter_johnson1@yahoo.

Mrs. Wayne Martin

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