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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. james William" <>
Reply-To: "Mr. james William" <>
Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2016 19:41:39 +0900 (JST)
Subject: ttention: Please,

Attention: Please,

We have concluded to effect your-payment-through Western Union after our final meeting regarding your fund,how you will be receiving the funds $5,000 daily until the $2.800 million US is completely transferred to you accordingly. Though, Director Ahmad Zamri has sent $5,000 in your name today so contact Western union Agent:below
with your full Name,phone contact and address Name:Mr.james William TEL: (+229-98097080)
Email:( So hasten up and give the agent a call to process your payment at once. Ask him for the MTCN sender name and test Question/Answer to pick up your first payment of $5,000

Thanks From Hon Dr.Tony Harrison (IMF REPS BENIN)

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