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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. Robert Coleman" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2016 17:15:04 +0100
Subject: Attention: Email ID Owner,

Attention: Email ID Owner,

The IMF is compensating all the scam victims and your email address was found as one of the Victims. We have concluded to affect your own payment through Western Union® Money Transfer, $5,000 twice daily until the total sum of $2.5Million dollars is completely transferred.

We now need your information as to where we will be sending the funds, such as; Receiver’s name, address and phone number. NOTE that once you send your full information to Dr Mathew Godwin ( then he will transfer your first payment of $5000 us dollars to your name immediately.

Now contact our Customer Care with this Email:( ) Forward your full information to this Email Address and call us with this number (+229-68292098) immediately you receive this notice.

Thanks and God bless,
Dir. Western Union®
Mr. Robert Coleman

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