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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: "Mr .Edwin Aja" <>
Reply-To: "Mr .Edwin Aja" <>
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2014 11:55:13 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: released your $5000 mtcn number

 Attention My Dear

The sum of 2.5Million USD has been forwarded to you My work partner has helped me to send the $5000 to you via western union every day, So contact Western Union Agent Mr. Kevin Anthony at,(;+229 9858 9889. This is your first $5000 (MTCN) which is available for pick up by you #(6368-406-063), sender name (DALE BUGGINS), for the first transfer he made to you, And Ask him to give you the other information to pick up your first $5000 mtcn number today, contact him with your full name, Andres, City, Country, phone no and ur age, to enable you pick up the $5000 us dollars today

Your total amount with him is 2.5Million SD, ask him what you need to do to enable them released your account file. Please indicate this code (000xt) to Western Union agent so that they will know that you're the right person.

Best Regards
Mr .Edwin Aja

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