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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.johnson Phillips" <>
Reply-To: "MR.johnson Phillips" <>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 02:49:59 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: MTCN. 8065325187

 Attention My Dear Friend:
This is to inform you that this office was instructed to pay your fund $3.5Million  U.S.A Dollars by America security leading team and America representative embassy between now until end of June 2015 per day you will receive the sum of $5,000 Dollars,
However be informed that we have send the sum of $5000 Dollars this morning to avoid cancellation of your payment you have only four hours to call this office upon the receipt of this email the maximum amount you will be receiving per day starting from today is $5000 in three different payments and the Money Transfer Control Number of today is below.
MTCN. 8065325187
sender's Name : David morgan
Test Question : Today
Amount : USD 5000.00
Country: Benin Republic
You can track it by typing : and click tracking then you enter this MTCN : ( 8065325187) and sender name:william  and last name:Phillips,Once again be advice to reconfirm your information such as;
HOME ADDRESS_________   
Furthermore you advised to call us as the instruction was passed that within 10 hours without hearing from you. Count your payment cancelled.  Number to call is below listed Manager Director Office  Mr Don William of release order: +229-99286468 E-mail addresses(
Thanks and my regards
MR.johnson Phillips,    

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