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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. sergey bobby" <>
Reply-To: "Mr. sergey bobby" <>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:40:56 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Attention My Dear!

 Attention My Dear!
This is to officially informed you that we have concluded arrangements to effect your Payment of $3.8 Million, USD through WESTERN UNION Swift Money transfer services today, but the maximum amount you will be receiving every day starting from tomorrow is $6,000.00 as reflected in our transfer system daily until the funds is completely transferred.
This special arrangement is being used to avoid all scrupulous demands by both the states and federal authorities that have previously delayed your payment till date; we shall need your maximum co-operation to ensure that strictness and confidence is maintained to avoid any further delays. You are to discard any request asking you to send money to any agency such as Courier Company
The above arrangement has been signed and endorsed by UNITED NATION (UN), EUROPEAN UNION (EU) given Credence that this transaction is devoid of any forms of illegality.Please contact the Accredited WESTERN UNION Agent for the details of your first payment of $6,000 USD and reconfirm your correct details that you will like the first transfer to be program with such as Receivers Name, destination where you will like the transfer to be send to and your
Call phone number for urgent communication if the need arise.
Fill your details below for reference purposes:
Contact the below Electronic Transfer unit of WESTERN UNION for immediate programming of your first transfer
Name: Mr. George Luis.
Email: (

PHONE: number +229 99936852
Thanks and God Bless
Mr. sergey bobby.

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