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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: "Rev. Robert Lopez" <>
Reply-To: "Rev. Robert Lopez" <>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:56:33 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Contact Dr.Michael August Now


The first $5000.00 was sent today.

Our accountant agent has helped send the first USD$5000.00 to you through western union So get back to this office of Western union Agent to pick up this USD$5000 out of the total sum of USD$1.8Million.

Call Dr.Michael August immediately you get this E-mail to enable him speed up for your payment or you send him an e-mail forwarding all the necessary information required from you so that they will commence on First Payment with Text Question and Answer, Sender Name for you to pick up the first payment today.

But I will advise that you try and call to facilitate your payment.

we will be sending you $5000 Dollars every day because to transfer the total money to your account will cost you big money for the transferring thats why United Nations give us order to be sending you $5000 Dollars every day and bellow is the information of the first transfer In your name and you are advised to contact the Western Union Agent Dr.Michael August to give you the complete MTCN for the first Installment of usd$5000 because the MTCN sent to you now is not complete as send Eight digit numbers remaining two numbers you will collect from Dr.Michael August, once you have made the contact with him, to enable you pick up the payment of USD$5000 today.

But i advise you call Dr.Michael August Immediately you receive this e-mail with +229-9443762 ask him for the two digit numbers of the MTCN :

SENDERS NAME:.......Dr.Michael August
AMOUNT SENT:......$5,000.00

Contact us on our:

The Western union Agent is:
Name: Dr.Michael August.
Phone:+229 6660 393 13

Ask him to give you the mtcn, sender name,to pick the $5,000.00. I told him to keep sending you USD$5000.00 daily until the payment of USD$1.8Million is completed.

Again forward him

(1)Your Full Name :....
(2)Telephone number:..

So that he will be sure that you are the right person to start receive
USD$5000 out of the total sum of USD$1.8Million from government office
payment Call him immediately to give you Question and Answer Contact
person,Dr.Michael August


Rev. Robert Lopez

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