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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: mtu <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2014 09:07:13 -0700
Subject: Attention Sir/M,

Attention Sir/M,

Please if you made any kind of payment to any one in the past or
through Western Union/Money Gram/Bank Transfer/ for any kind of
contract payment/Inheritance Fund/Lottery Fund/Jackpot/Online Dating
scam/job posting/and so on.

Please you are hereby advised to send a copy of the payment Methods you
used if it's Western Union/Money Gram or Bank Transfer, Just send the
the transaction to prove that you were scammed.

If you don't keep any record of your payment then send to him the email
have being receiving from the people or any office it mybe, That will
enable us to verify and then approve your compensation of $800.000.00
As it was instructed by the (UNN) Chairman to pay the sum of
to each of the scam victim person,

Send your response to our secretary Mr. Kevin Raymond,

Phone number; +2348142775057

Best Regards,
Dr Anthony Mason

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