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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.Michelle Anderson Agu <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 2 May 2016 10:51:49 +0100
Subject: Contact Western Union Money Transfer for you fund

Contact Western Union Money Transfer for you fund

Are you ready to pick up this $5,000.00 sent to you today? We have
concluded to effect your payment through Western Union Money
Transfer,and to send $5,000.00 daily to you until the $1.2 Million is
completely transferred to you. So you are advice to contact the
Western Union office Benin with below information;

Western union Agent: Mr, Mike Anthony Davis.
Tel: +229 68877492

Though, Mr, Mike Anthony Davis.sent you $5,000.00 today, in your name
and in my present, so contact him and tell him to give you the MTCN,
Sender name with the question and answer to pick up the $5,000.00 and
then start transferring your total money to you as I directed them.
Finally, to avoid anything happening to the money, I deposited it with
an insurance coverage

Contact them now with your information as stated below.

Your full name. ...
Your full address...
your country.........
Your Phone number...

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs, Michelle Anderson Agu.

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