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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: Jim Norwood <>
Reply-To: Jim Norwood <>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 03:33:23 +0900 (JST)

Western Union Money Transfer Department
Cotonou-Benin Republic 
12 crescent way, Victoria Island Cotonou-Benin.
Ph. +229 982-80-587
Fax. +229 994-16-784
Agent Mr. Jim Norwood

Dear Customer,

We have programmed your wining Funds total sum of USD$1.5 Million Dollars into our system as instructed to enable you receive $4,500.00 daily through Western Union Money in a Minute. To avoid paying this funds to the wrong person, kindly reconfirm your current information as listed below;

1) Receivers Name:
2) Address and Direct Cell phone number:

After we receive the required information from you, we shall proceed with the release of your daily payment until the total amount is completely transferred to you as instructed.

NOTE; You will pay $98 for the processing fee. Information to send us the fee will be giving to you in our next email after receiving your data’s as required.

Best Regards,
Agent Jim Norwood
Cell: +229 982-80-587

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