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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: alex douglas <>
Reply-To: alex douglas <>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 14:30:59 +0000 (UTC)

  Good day,

We have concluded to Send your payment through western union $5,000.00 daily until the ($3.2MILLION ) is completely transfered. Meanwhile,MR Gabriel Duke has Send you $5,000.00 in your name today. So contact our Western union payment Agent to SEND you the mtcn to pick up this $5000 now:

Cell Phone+229 98-53-25-44
Email Address: (  )
Please remenber to Call and ask him to give you the mtcn, sender name, question and answer to pick you to $5,000.00. Also you should send to him your informations.
Your receiver name: :::::::::::
Your full name:  :::::::::::::
Your address: 
Your country!: .::::::::::::::::
Your direct phone number:: ::::::
Text question and answer::::::::

Thanks Mr don alex
AM Barr Gloriah Ennemariah, FROM DIAMOND BANK Western Union Department.

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