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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. Franklin Moore" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs. Franklin Moore" <>
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2015 08:44:17 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Call Mr. David Anthony For Your $5000.00 Mtcn??

We have deposited the check of your fund ($2.500`000`00USD) through Western Union department after our finally meeting regarding your fund, All you will do is to contact Western Union Agent director Mr.David Anthony He will give you direction on how you will be receiving your first $5000 MTCN (3358-547-826) sender name (Roy Heath) which we made available for pick up by your name today. Remember to send him your Full information to avoid wrong transfer such as,

Your Receiver Name...
Your Country.....
Your ID.....
Text Question.....

Though, Mrs. Franklin Moore has sent $5000 in your name today so contact Mr. David Anthony or you call him Tel +22968450913 as soon as you receive this email ask him what you need to do to enable them released your Mtcn, sender name and question/answer to pick the $5000 today,Please indicate this code (000xt) to Western Union agent so that they will know that you're the right person,let us know as soon as you received all your fund.

Best Regards.
Tel/Fax: +22968450913

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