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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: jackson daniel <>
Reply-To: jackson daniel <>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 21:41:58 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: attn beneficiary

 Dear: Beneficiary

We have deposited the funds as we agreed with Western Union Payment , Now all you have to do is to contact them via Email( +229 68 87 31 52 they will give you direction on how you will be receiving the funds daily. My agreement with them is 5,000USD daily until the total $4.5USD is transferred.Further more notice you are expected to reconfirm them your full receiving information as they demanded.Note that the only fee you will pay them before the transfer is $55usd which is for their transfer charge since it can't be deducted from your fund.
So contact Western Union Office with above address , all your information's once again ,Thank you.Regards I.Frank
Full Name:==
Phone: +22968873152
Mr: Jackson Daniel.

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