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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:

Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:21:06 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: PICK UP YOUR MTCN: 54652731##

 Good Day,

Western Union wish to inform you that United Nation and (ECOWAS) have
instructed us to send to you the sum of $1.5 million USD. and you will be receiving $5,000 every day so the first $5000.00 has already
been sent to you as first collection Sender Information's, HERE IS THE
Available MTCN for pick up by receiver below; so call us for the remain 2 digits number.

Sender First Name: Curtis
Sender Last Name: Swanson
MTCN: 54652731##
Test Question: How Long?
Test Answer: 1 Hours
Amount: $5000.00 USD

You will Go to any western union location and pick up the funds with the
information given to you when i gave you the remain 2 digits number.

Email( )
+229 98761125
Dr.John Akpu.

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