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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:

Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 21:36:08 +0000 (UTC)

 Attn Once Again


I have to inform you again, that we are not playing over this, i know my   reason for the continuous sending of this notification to you, the fact   is that you can't seem to trust any one again over this payment for what   you have been in cantered in many months ago, but i want you to trust me,   i cannot scam you for $89 it is for bank processing fee of your payment,   the fee of $89 is clearly written to you before, i did not invent the   bill to defraud you of $89 it is an official bank payment processing fee   and the good part of this, is that you will never, ever be disturbed   again over any kind of payment,

This is final and the  forms from there becomes effective once we submit   your payment application processing fee and pay the form fee of $89 i   don't want you to loose this fund this time because you may never get   another such good opportunity,

The federal government is seen and very determined to pay your overdue   debts, this is not a fluke, I don’t want you to loose this fund out of   ignorance, i will send you all the documents as soon as bank payment   processing fee is paid, you have to trust me, you will get your fund,   find a way to get this $89 you will not loose it, instead it will bring   your financial breakthrough,

Find the money and send it to our bursary.

The reason why am sending you this because i want you to receive your   $8.5m usd immediately because we are trying to round up for this payment   program.

Here is the payment information through western union; finally my advice   to you is not to abandon this transaction because of the requirement of   ($89)

I want you to send the bank process fee of $89 usd via western union or RIA MONEY TRANSFER OR MONEY GRAM ORMONEY EXPRESS.

Receivers Name:.....EMma Amobi
Address: 14, Oremeji Street, Cotonou
Test Question: ...... When
Answer: ................Now

I await your urgent reply with the bank processing fee of 39 usd so that   your shipment will leave this country tomorrow morning.

Call +229 67660832
Mrs, Vivian Douglas

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