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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:

Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 07:19:52 +0530

Good day

We are writing you from the desk of Mr. Hikmet Ersek, Chief Executive
Officer and President of The Western Union Company,this letter is to
notify you about your compensation as one of the scam victim that sent
money via our service(Western Union Money Transfer)and (Money Gram) to

We found your email Address in our data base,that is why we are contacting
you.This have been agreed upon and have been approved by Pamela H. Patsley
Chief Executive Officer of Money gram International Inc to compensate you
as one of the scam victim.

You are here by advised to acknowledge this mail and help us to reconfirm
your identity for security reasons.

Kindly acknowledge the receipt of this email as soon as you receive it.

Yours faithfully,
Mr. Hikmet Ersek,

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