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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. JOY UKA" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2016 00:15:12 +0530

Send Money Worldwide
>From the desk of
Address: 81 Adeniran Ogunsanya Str Surulere Lagos,
PHONE: (+2347080999919)
Considering the meeting held today with United States Government, through Federal Bureau of Investigation to compensate you/scam victims, the United States Government have warn you to stop further communication/dealing with any banks/office that have no website due to fraud going on worldwide. Any banks/office that is contacting you without website is scam.
Please view our website now:
The United States Government have instruct us to be paying you via Western Union the sum of Three Thousand Five Hundred Dollars daily till the amount is completely paid to you, we have programmed your first payment today for your pick-up at any Western Union worldwide, but still on-hold due to none value Tax Clearance Transfer Document in your payment file, which will cost you ($75usd only) You are require to pay before your daily transfer will be made available to you today.
Senderís Fist name: Alex
Senderís Last Name: Duran
(MTCN) : 934942XXXX (Available for pick up by Receiver)
Question: **ON**
Answer: **HOLD**
Amount: $3,500.00 USD
NB: You are required to pay for value Tax Clearance document fee to Animashaun Oluwakemi. And send copy of your International Passport or any identification which you will use to pick up your daily $3,500.00 in your country. Kindly reconfirm your details.
You can send the fee through Western Union or MoneyGram.
Receiver's Name: Animashaun Oluwakemi
Address: Lagos, Nigeria
Text Question: What for?
Text Answer: TAX
Amount: $75 Dollars Only.
SENDER NAME::::::::::::::::::::::?
MTCN:::::::::::::::::::::::::: ?
Our customer care service will call you as soon as possible to enable you pick up your daily $3,500.00 in your country as soon as we receive the MTCN for the value Tax Clearance fee ($75usd only) for security and safety purpose. Call to release the remaining details. Tel +2347080999919
Sincerely Regards,
Mrs. Joy Uka
Western Union Payment Officer
Tel +2347080999919
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