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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. Frank Joseph" <>
Date: Sat, 26 Sep 2015 04:41:35 +0200
Subject: Your first $5000.00 Will Be sent today

Good day dear beneficiary and pls i want to inform you that the sum of($2.5m) has been released
and the transfer began today through Western Union Money transfer $5000.00 per a day.So
contact Western union Director Mr. Frank Onyechi on and ask him what you need to do to enable
them activate your account file so that you will be able to pick your $5000.00, their email is
( Tel: +22999808733.

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forward the information or call
Mr. Frank Joseph

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