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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: Mrs Susan Uda <>
Reply-To: Mrs Susan Uda <>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:38:46 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Re: payment via Money Gram $5,000 daily

 We have concluded today to effect your payment via Money Gram $5000 daily untilyour total comensation fund of 1.3m, is completely transferred to you.Now doContact us E-mail: ( Mr.Robert L. Johnson ,Mobile:+229 99-788-167 
The financial money gram  payment canter 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 any hitches in receiving your payment.
for any question. Remember to reconfirm your full information such as Your name:...Address:... Phone :....
Regards,Mrs Susan UdaDir. Money GramRe: payment via Money Gram $5,000 daily

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