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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 Rose Anthony <"www.">
Reply-To: Mrs Rose Anthony <>
Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2016 07:58:50 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Contact western Union now for your payment with bellow information.

Contact western Union now for your payment with bellow information.

Name: Mr Erick Robinson
Phone: +229 61021179.

I have deposited the check as we agreed with western Union. All you have to do is to contact them at:- ( they will give you direction on how you will be receiving the funds daily.

My agreement with them is $5,000 USD two time daily until the whole of $1.5USD is transferred. You
are not expected to pay for the transfer charge as that will be deducted from the funds once the remittance is done.

Send the below information to them:

Receiver name: _________
Mobile Phone:________

The only fee you will send to them before the transfer is $75USD for paper work and remittance. E-mail them with above address, the contact person is Mr Williams Mark, with phone number:- +229 61021179.

Thank you.
Mrs Rose Anthony

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