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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: Jack Castro <>
Reply-To: Jack Castro <>
Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2014 22:43:13 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Urgent attention dear,

 Urgent attention dear,

Your are here to be notified officially that your total overdue final payment of $850,000.00USD has been successfully deposited via western union head office for the immediate transfer to you accordingly as you real sick for my help from the beginning of the transaction to this very final end, therefore you are here by advice to contact the western union head office director general on his personal information listed.


Director name: Mr. Raymnd Kiki
Personal e-mail:
Direct-phone: +229) 982-82-636

However:  note to contact and forward to him your full receiver’s information of the payment such as listed,

Receiver Full Name: ___
Payout Country: ____
Payout City: ______
Home Address: _____
Country Origin: _____
Direct phone: ______
Government issued ID card.

Moreover the above information is what they likely need from you while more information will be giving to you by the director in charge if there is any, once you contact/forward him the listed information above.

Finally:  keep me informed soon as you receiver the transfer.

King regards,
Dr. Jack Castro
Estate Attorney

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