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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. Mrs. Faith Ezeh" <>
Reply-To: "Dr. Mrs. Faith Ezeh" <>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 18:22:37 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: First $5000.00 was sent today.?

  First $5000.00 was sent today.?
  Your fund of  US$3.9Million Dollars has been released and the transfer began today
  through western union transfer. So, contact WU Agent Mr.Anthony Robert, and
  ask him how much charge is your activation fee you need to remit to them for you to
  start picking up your payments. Your will receive $5000 per day until
  total fund is fully transferred.
  Contact Agent:Mr.anthony robert
  Tel: +229-66043617
  Reconfirm your,
  Full Name: ---
  State: ---
  City: ---
  Full Address: ---
  Phone number.-----
  Yours Sincerely
  Dr. Mrs. Faith Ezeh

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