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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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Fraud email example:

From: Hilda <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2016 19:35:47 -0700
Subject: Contact Dr.Eric Anthony,Your First Payment,(MTCN 9422289046)

Dear Customer,

We have deposited the check of your fund (2.500,000,00USD) through western union department after our finally meeting regarding your fund, All you will do is to contact western union Director Dr.Eric Anthony via E-mail:(

He will give you direction on how you will be receiving the funds daily. The agreement with them is $5000USD daily until the whole funds is transferred to you,Contact western union director Dr.Eric Anthony send him your Full information to avoid wrong transfer,

Click the bellow official website and filed it up with the bellow payment information(s)

MTCN:…….. 9422289046
Sender First Name PETER Sender Last Name IWUNOR
Text Question:……..In God and Answer:………..We Trust
Amount:………..USD $5000 dollar

so contact Dr.Eric Anthony or you call him +229-98663188 as soon as you receive this email and tell him to release the Mtcn to you,Please let us know as soon as you received all your fund,

Best Regards
Mrs.Hilda Davis

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