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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: "DR, JOHN PETER" <>
Reply-To: "DR, JOHN PETER" <>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 22:24:35 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Your Urgent Reply Is Needed Now to Western union

Email: (
Your winning fund of One Million Five Hundred thousand USD.(1,500,000.00USD) for over longed being a regular customer of Western union has been forwarded to Western Union here in our branch for immediate transfer to you. Your payment will be send to you by western Union, the amount you will receive per
 day is $5,000.00 ( Five thousand Dollars )The Ministry Trust Funds of LONDON will send you the currently standard track details you need to pick up your ($5,000) payment by western union daily till you are able to receive the total sum of 1,500,000.00 United State Dollars($1.5M), now no need to send you this ATM card because you cannot be able to withdraw with the ATM card due to the ATM master card contains large amount of money on it and is not activated.
 Many people have received their fund through this western union which is safer and reliable with less cost but the problem we are having with your is that a man from your country by name Richard Smith said that you are on the sick bed that is why you sent him to come and claim your money .If you are still alive, We want to confirm from you if you really sent him to claim your fund because we don't want to make mistake.
The Director, administrative trust
 funds had already signed your payment, now you are free to comply with WEMACO payment office on this email :( however, kindly contact the below person who is in position to release your payment by Western Union per$5,000 a day. Justice John Ayola E-mail:( The Western Union Payment Center has been mandated to issue out your payment and you have to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s) to avoid hitches in receiving your payment. Note that the administrative need these details from you to process your payment:
Your full name________________________
Your address__________________________
Your country___________________________
Your age______________________________
Your occupation________________________
Your Phone number______________________
Comply now because as soon as you sent this required details to Justice John Ayola, he will start sending your payment by Western Union. And do let me know immediately you start receiving your money for us to share the joy together. You will also receive a call from Justice after filling the above information. Thanks
 PHONE NO +22998589656

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