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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: Williams Eze <>
Reply-To: Williams Eze <>
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2015 21:26:30 +0900 (JST)


Western Union Under Eco Bank Head Office Plc has finalize all the necessary
arrangement and your fund $2.5Million USD has been approved by the board of directors
of ECO BANK, and you will be receiving $5.000 per day.

Our attorney will go to the Inland Revenue tax office to obtain a letter of
administration tax clearance approval on your behalf from high Court for the first payment sent bellow:

Sender Name: Dray Wilson
MTCN: 619-356-23(_) 5
Question: When
Answer: Today

Endeavor to send the following information to Director. Mr. Williams Eze, for the activation of this payment above in the right data

As bellow to enable you pick up your first payment today.

Your Receiver Name--------------
Your Country--------------------
Your City-----------------------
Your Age-----------------------
Your Sex-----------------------
Your Telephone no.---------------
Your Test Question--------------
Your Test Answer----------------

Any question you can call us with this Number: +229-68520006

Forward the information bellow to director:

Name:  Mr.  Williams Eze
Mobile Number: +229-68520006


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