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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: "Mr. Aja Edwin" <>
Reply-To: "Mr. Aja Edwin" <>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:40:01 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: YOUR FIRST PAYMENT OF $5000 MTCN (6368-406-063) HAS SENT TODAY.

 Attention My Dear,

This is to inform you that your $2.5M USD will be send to you via western union money transfer. The total amount mentioned  above is with western union outlet and they will send the money via western union to you. Note you will be receiving $5000 every day. Therefore I want you to email Mr Kevin Anthony the western union supervisor and ask him to release your MTCN  available # (6368-406-063) sender name (DALE BUGGINS) so you can pick up the first $5,000 today. Call Mr. Kevin Anthony now and ask him to release you mtcn and every other information you need to pick up your $5,000 today. Here is what he may require from you...

Your Receiver Name...
Your Country.....
Text Question.....

Note: that the only money you will send to them is for there transferring charge which will cost you only $109 Contact him  now on this web-mail address:( telephone.+229-9858 9889 Contact person Mr. Kevin Anthony.

Mr. Aja Edwin

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