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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:

Reply-To: "MRS.GRACE UBAH" <>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:07:53 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Attention: The Owner of this email Address,

 Attention: The Owner of this email Address,

There is an issue with the WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER in the amount of $2.5m USD directed in cash credited to file # KGU/8020182570, at the owner of this email address.

This is to inform you that our presidency held meeting with director of ministry of finance on the november monday 2014 concern your inheritance funds of $2.5m that was yet to pay to you. And all the conclusion of the meeting held on the above date is that you will be receive your money through western union money transfer in the amount of $4500 everyday till your final payment is made to you.

Now contact ministry of finance with this;

Office E-mail (
Contact Person;MR.FRED IBE
Personal E_mail(
Tel;+229 99786007

To renewing your file immediately to enable you pick this first payment of $4500,today And everyday you will be receiving your money through western union money transfer this is the information, and remember that the amount you will receiving everyday starting from today is $4500.00 per day. get back immediately you receive it to send you another $4500 tomorrow, fill this information and send it to ministry of finance today.

(1) FULL NAME .................
(2) ADDRESS ...................
(3) COUNTRY ...................
(5) YOUR OCCUPATION............

Attention: The Owner of this email Address,
Western Union Customer Care

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