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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 Mary John <>
Reply-To: MRS Mary John <>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 11:55:11 +0000 (UTC)

 Dear Customer,

We have deposited the check of your fund (4.5 000, 000,00USD) through Western Union department after our finally meeting regarding your fund; all you will do is to

contact Western Union director DR.STEVE JOHNSON. Via E-mail:(
He will give you direction on how you will be receiving the funds daily. My agreement with them is $5000USD daily until the whole funds is transferred to you, Contact

western union director DR.STEVE JOHNSON. send him your Full information to avoid wrong transfer such as,

Receiver's Name_______________
Address: ________________
Country: _____________
Phone Number: _____________

Though,Sir Mike Douglas.has sent $5000 in your name today so contact Sir Mike Douglas or you call him +229-99488592.  as soon as you receive this email.

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