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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 Wilson Willa" <>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 02:38:52 +0600 (BDT)
Subject: THE FIRST $5000.00 WAS SENT TODAY

Attn: Good day

Your fund of $2.500, 000.00 has been released and the transfer began today
through western union money transfer. So, contact Western Union Director
Dr Kevin Anthony, with your full information to enable them give you
Sender Name, Question and Answer to pick up your First Payment MTCN=
8845-115-202 and ask him what you need to do to enable them activate your
account and renew of your file so that you will be able to pick up your
first payment $5000 per day until total funds 2.5millions is finish.

Your Receiver name--------------
You’re Country--------------------
You’re City-----------------------
Your Tell-----------------------
You’re Id-------------------------
you're Age-----------------------

Forward the information here ( ) Or Call Dr Kevin
On tel phone: +229-67377275

Mr Wilson Willa

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