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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:

"Money Transfer Control Number MTCN: 905-112-0424" <>
"Money Transfer Control Number MTCN: 905-112-0424" <>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:32:32 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Money Transfer Control Number MTCN: 905-112-0424

 I have contacted you because I've deposited your winning funds total amount of $2.5Million USD underwestern union, Therefore you need to contact western union agent  BARRISTER JIMMY ANDERSON  for him togive you the transfer payment information and MTCN.Agent: BARRISTER JIMMY ANDERSONEmail:        Phone +229-68416228Do not forget to furnish him with the below data;1. Your full Names: ...................2. Your current cell phone Number:.....3. Your City: ..........................4. Your: Country:........................5. Your Current Age and Occupation:...........
Please try to contact him today for him to forward the payment information to you, Remember toIndicate the registration code of UTEY/2012/15 to him when e-mailing or calling him, Also he will besending you $6,000.00 daily as per my discussion with him.
Do get in touch with me once you have got the transfer.
Sincerely,Mrs. Adaobi Okoye.

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