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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: "Ms Taylor Elizabeth" <>
Date: Mon, 3 Aug 2015 05:30:37 +1000
Subject: <br><br>Attention: Dear Customer Payment Notification

Attention: Dear Customer Payment Notification

I have contacted you because I have sent you the first transfer of $6500
from your winning inheritance funds total amount of $2.5Million USD.
Therefore you need to contact Western Union agent Mr.Benson Guy, to give
you the transfer payment information and Western Union MTCN immediately you
call or email him.

Western Union Agent : Benson Guy
Contact Email:
Telephone: +234-7060786471

Please try to contact him immediately for him to furnish you with the WU
MTCN information to you and remember to indicate the registration Code
Number: EB-2537 to him, when contacting or calling him, He will be sending
you $6,500.00. daily as per our board meeting discussion with him until the
complete $2.5 Million USD is sent to you.
Do get in touch with me once you have gotten the transfer completely thank


Ms Taylor Elizabeth

Asia/Africa Affairs Director,
International Monitoring Fund(IMF)

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