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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: "Sir Douglas Mike." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:48:40 +0530

Your winning fund of One Million Five Hundred thousand USD.(1.500,000.00 USD) has been forwarded to Western Union for immediate transfer to you Your payment will be send to you by western Union, the amount you will receive per day is $5,000.00 ( Five thousand Dollars )The  Ministry Trust Funds will send you the currently standard track details you need to pick up your ($5,000) payment by western union, you will receive every day till you receive the 1.500,000.00 United State Dollars. Many people have received their fund through this western union which is safer and reliable with less cost.
The Director, administrative trust funds had already signed your payment,now you are free to comply with WEMACO payment office on this email: ( Telephone # +918826541147
however, kindly contact the below person who is in position to release your payment by Western Union per $5,000 a day. Dr. Philip Charles .The Western Union Payment Center has been mandated to issue out your payment and you have to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s) to avoid hitches in receiving your payment.Note that the administrative payment need this details from you to process your payment:
Your full name________________________
Your address_______________________ ___
Your country_______________________ ____
Your age___________________________ ___
Your occupation____________________ ____
Your Phone number______________________
Comply now because as soon as you sent this required details to Dr. Philip Charles, he will start sending your payment by Western Union.And do let me know immediately once  you start receiving your money for us to share the joy together.
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Sir Douglas Mike

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